Here are some measures you can take to help contain the spread of COVID-19: ● Frequently wash your hands.
● Keep a safe distance of at least two metres between you and other people.
● Cough and sneeze into the bend of your elbow, making sure both your mouth and nose are covered.● Avoid sharing food or utensils.● Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth without washing your hands first. Staying in lockdown for such a prolonged period of time can have many repercussions on our health. For example, you may notice that you are not sleeping as well as you used to. Try following these top tips to turn the tables:
● Sit in the sun for a while.● Exercise at the same time every day.● Set a bedtime for yourself and stick to it. Interested in learning more? Have a look at this news piece [CA|ES]. While in lockdown, many of you are working from home. This can also lead to physical issues if we don’t take the right measures, which is why ergonomics are so key to our health. The UOC has put together some exercises you can do while you work, as well as a list of ergonomic guidelines [CA|ES] to follow if you are using a computer or other device. Also take a look at these recommendations [CA|ES] for organizing your work time at home. If you are a UOC employee, remember that its physiotherapy service will be available online until the lockdown measures are lifted. Our physiotherapists will be able to suggest exercises and movements and give you other pointers to keep your physical health in tip-top shape. Keep in mind as well that the UOC’s medical service will continue to assist employees via telephone while they remain in confinement. Take your mask off and put it back on the right way Don’t let your guard down! Protect yourself and others by wearing a mask. Not sure about how to use it correctly? Check out this information by WHO:
COVID-19, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding Research is currently underway to understand the impacts of COVID-19 on pregnant women. In this Q&A, WHO takes a look at what we know so far. Q&A on COVID-19, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeedingProtect your emotional well-being Being confined to your home for days on end may have you suffering bouts of stress and anxiety which, let’s face it, are no fun at all. Stand up to emotional stress with the FACE COVID resource:
Otherwise, take a look at tips for adults [CA|ES], families with children [CA|ES], families with teenagers [CA|ES] and the elderly [CA]. Moreover, since being cooped up at home can lead to dark thoughts or emotions, the Government of Catalonia has also developed the GestioEmocional.cat app. It can assess your mental health, equip you with tools for managing distress, provide professionally developed mental health resources, and offer guidance and advice on what to do in any given situation. Remember that UOC faculty can turn to the University’s psychological help service, SAP, whenever they need to. It is offered online and is completely confidential. More information.Misinformation, fake news and the “infodemic”It is in your hands to help take power away from misinformation and fake news and to eradicate the current infodemic. How, you ask?
● Start by getting your information from official sources.● Download a fake news spotter.● Do not share unproven facts or figures.
You may sometimes feel overwhelmed by the barrage of pandemic-related information coming at you. Here are some tricks for avoiding this negative feeling: ● Set a limit for how much time you can spend reading about such matters.● Leave your smartphone in another room during your leisure time.● Turn off news notifications.