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COVID-19 Safety Resources

With coronavirus deaths now topping 500,000 in the U.S., what once felt like an acute crisis has lengthened into a chronic stressor.

Weathering the COVID pandemic has required high levels of communication, adaptability, and patience from organizations and individuals alike. Adjusting to rapidly changing circumstances has been a challenge for everyone and has proven impossible for some.

What’s the differentiator? Most basically, willingness to learn. We have been presented with a high-stakes opportunity to rethink the fundamentals of how we work, live, and connect with others. Will we find the flexibility to bend with fierce winds of change or will we stay rigid and eventually break?

Read on for a curated selection of Hile Group’s favorite articles and resources and connect with us to learn more about how to equip yourself and your business with the skills needed to survive and thrive in the COVID and post-COVID world.

How are you keeping yourself, your family, and your community healthy and safe?

Track your risk of getting COVID-19 down to the county level with this interactive map from the New York Times.
Wear your mask(s)! Since the discovery of coronavirus variants which are up to 70% more transmissible, public health experts are urging people to upgrade to more protective masks by layering a cloth mask on top of a surgical mask for more layers and a better fit.
Politely tell someone if their hazard awareness (or mask) is slipping. If the standard, “Excuse me, it looks like your mask has slipped. Will you please pull it back up over your nose?” feels a little uncomfortable, try something more playful like: “Isn’t it hard to find a mask that stays on your nose?! I feel like I need some superglue to keep mine on.”

Get tested any time you experience a potential exposure. If you’re unsure of testing locations in your area, check out the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ COVID test locator.
If you’re eligible, get vaccinated! Look up vaccine information by state and browse FAQs about all COVID vaccines from the CDC. Vaccination is a big step towards “normalcy,” but it’s important to know that even once the pandemic ends, COVID may remain.
Make time to look after your mental health. Check out free meditation resources from popular mindfulness apps like Ten Percent Happier, Headspace, and Calm.
Our daily screen time has increased substantially as we have adjusted to our COVID work environments. Meetings that were previously held in person are now handled via Skype, Zoom, Teams etc. There are likely days where your eyes are fixated on your screens for hours on end. Follow these helpful hints for easing eyestrain on screen heavy days.

Where are you getting your information?

Rely on institutions you trust. We like the weekly situation reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) and this real-time dashboard from researchers at Johns Hopkins.
Media outlets including the Wall Street JournalNew York TimesWashington PostLA TimesChicago TribuneUSA Today, and more have made their COVID reporting available to the public for free.

What can you do to support your local community?

Eat local. If you’re in Bloomington-Normal, consider ordering curbside coffee from the Coffee Hound, elevated brunch from Lexington Social, pizza from Lucca or Flingers (depending on how you like it), and dumplings from Seoul Mama.
Invest in small businesses. Cheer up a friend or family member with flowers from Casey’s Garden Shop, stock up on fresh produce at an outdoor farmer’s market like Bloomington’s, prep for distanced exercise with gear from your favorite bike shop (we love Vitesse), or join a Zoom yoga class from Main St. Yoga.
Volunteer. Places of worship, local political parties, and municipal governments are running wellness check phone banks, delivering meals to healthcare workers and families in need, and more.