Tips to stay safe, help yourself, and ways companies are giving back
Here are a few ideas of things you can do to support yourself and others during the current global crisis of COVID-19.
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
- Stay informed through trusted resources like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), but limit exposure to media coverage, especially for children.
- Be patient with yourself and others. It’s common to have any number of temporary stress reactions such as fear, anger, frustration, and anxiety.
Look Who’s Making a Difference
Now more than ever, we must come together to support and lean on each other during this time of global crisis. Here are some companies that are taking the first steps to support COVID-19 response efforts.
- Microsoft announced it would continue to pay hourly workers that support its campuses even though the company had a reduced need for the presence of “individuals who work for our vendors and staff our cafes, drive our shuttles and support our on-site tech and audio-visual needs.”
- In addition, Microsoft, Amazon, and Starbucks in coordination with King County and the City of Seattle will also launch a regional COVID-19 Response Fund to address the emerging community needs of COVID-19. Microsoft and Amazon are both making an initial $1 million anchor donation to help launch this effort. Starbucks has pledged $250,000.
- Walt Disney World Resort has announced closures through the end of March and said it will donate excess food to Second Harvest Food Bank during the closure.
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car is helping university students get home by waiving its young renter fee and reducing its minimum age to rent a vehicle from 21 to 18 years old. The change is effective now through the end of May at all locations in the United States.
- SC Johnson announced a $1 million contribution to the CDC Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund.
These are just a few of the many things large corporations are doing to give back during this time of need. Let’s stand together.
— Reuters Business (@ReutersBiz) March 17, 2020
Parents, workers and businesses across Washington are pulling together to support one another.
— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) March 17, 2020
Facebook announces $100 million program for small businesses impacted by coronavirus https://t.co/ZSrHcTyj6l
— CNBC (@CNBC) March 17, 2020