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COVID-19 Safety Resources

With coronavirus deaths now topping 1.1 million in the U.S. and cases once again on the rise due to highly infectious variants and slowing vaccination rates, it’s clear COVID is not done with us yet.

In the first year of the pandemic, we observed that willingness to learn helped individuals and organizations adapt. We were all presented with a high-stakes opportunity to rethink the fundamentals of how we work, live, and connect with others, and those who found flexibility to bend with fierce winds of change had a distinct advantage.

Now, in our third year, we’re seeing the importance of finding sustainability and resilience. Acute crises require a sprint while longer periods of upheaval are more like a marathon. There are certainly similarities, but to approach the two in exactly the same way is a recipe for disaster.

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 post-pandemic world.

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

Track where COVID-19 higher hazard areas are by reviewing CDC data.

Wear your mask(s)! Since the discovery of coronavirus variants, public health experts recommend that everyone continue wearing masks in public places if you have been exposed to COVID or when hospital admissions from COVID are high.

Get vaccinated! Data shows that the COVID vaccines work to prevent serious symptoms and reduce transmission of most coronavirus variants. Browse FAQs about all COVID vaccines.
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.
Make time to look after your mental health. Check out free meditation resources from popular mindfulness apps like CalmHeadspace, and Ten Percent Happier.
Our daily screen time has increased substantially in COVID work environments. Follow these helpful hints for easing eyestrain on days full of Skype, Zoom, Teams, etc.

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 dashboard from the CDC.
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 continue supporting your local community?

Eat local. If you’re in Bloomington-Normal, consider having coffee from the Coffee Hound,  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 outdoor exercise with gear from your favorite bike shop (we love Vitesse), or join a yoga class from Main St. Yoga.