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As the world continues to respond and evolve in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we at Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest know the only response is to come together stronger than ever before.
For over 100 years, Planned Parenthood has been proud to serve our communities in times of need, and this unprecedented time is no different. We’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to help you manage your stress, focus on self-care, and navigate resources and information during this difficult time.
Remember: We’re in this together.
Taking care of your mental and physical health during these turbulent times is so important for all of us. Here are some resources to support you and your family:
Looking for general tips, tactics, and reminders?
- Check out these great tips: Mental Health: Support for You and Your Loved Ones
- From the CDC: Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
- Thrive Global: Mental Health in a Time of Pandemic
Looking for more mental health resources?
- Some therapists and counselors are making therapy sessions available at reduced rates for medical personnel and front-line folks. Find out more here.
Looking for ways to reduce your anxiety?
- A HuffPost article shares What Therapists Tell Patients Who Are Anxious About Coronavirus
- The University of California San Diego Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness offers multiple streaming mindfulness sessions every day.
- The Conscious Leadership Practices group put together a great guide for creating or strengthening mindfulness practices with short daily activities to calm and focus your mind during times of uncertainty.
- This Positive Intelligence video distinguishes between being vigilant (good) and hyper-vigilant (not good). (5 min)
Looking for tips for managing isolation?
The New York Times put together some great resources for managing isolation.
- Scott Kelly, a retired NASA astronaut, offered advice on isolation from his year on the International Space Station: Follow a schedule, pace yourself with work, make sure to leave time for fun activities — he watched “Game of Thrones” twice — and go outside if you can (but leave at least six feet between you and others).
- Make little occasions special. A Seattle psychologist dresses up with her husband and children for a “family date night,” and plants a garden with her daughters
- Follow your favorite writers. Many authors are using social media to engage with their fans, offering readings, art classes and other activities.
- Start bringing movement into tiny moments. It doesn’t take fancy equipment — or any equipment — to exercise at home.
- Have a virtual happy hour with your friends. Try to ask a question that’s not about the virus, like: What is the most hilarious thing you’ve seen that distracted you from the current situation?
- Listen to these podcasts, which will make you laugh, calm down or dance.
- What’s the organizational expert Marie Kondo up to while working from home? Tidying, of course.
Looking for a way to help others?
Many of us are also looking for ways to support other people in our lives and communities. This New York Times article shares 5 Ways to Help Your Community Combat Coronavirus.
- Covered CA is expanding its special enrollment period. Effective immediately, any eligible consumer can enroll in health coverage without experiencing a qualifying life event or other special circumstance. This will be in effect until June 30, 2020. Check it out here.
- Governor Newsom issued an executive order to protect renters and homeowners during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.
- Here’s a sample letter to send your landlord to request a grace period due to lost wages.
- The tax filing deadline is extended to July 15th. Learn more here.
- Employers experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the Employment Development Department to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for an extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return. More info here.
- Southern California Edison is offering bill help to customers. Read more here.
- Southern California Gas will not disconnect services to customers who can’t pay bills during the coronavirus outbreak. Read more here.
Internet, Cable, Cellphones
- Verizon will help customers and small businesses disrupted by the impact of coronavirus. Read more here.
- They are waiving late fees and suspending service termination for customers negatively impacted by the global crisis.
- Charter Comcast is offering free internet services for households with children — call 844–488–8395 to enroll
- Internet Essentials is offering low to no cost internet services and computers for low income families. More here.
- AT&T is providing free access to its WiFi hotspots throughout the country.
- T-Mobile is providing unlimited data to all current customers who have plans with data for the next 60 days. It will also provide additional data to mobile hotspot users.
- SBA Disaster Loans are available to affected California small businesses
- Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million are available for qualifying small businesses, private nonprofits, and small agricultural cooperatives and aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of COVID-19 since January 31, 2020.
- These loans can be used to fulfill financial obligations and operating expenses that could have otherwise been met if the disaster had not occurred, including fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
- Eligibility is based on the financial impact of the coronavirus. More info here
Paid Family Leave
- Available for those who stay home because they need to take care of someone who has contracted COVID-19 or who has been quarantined.
- This must be certified by a medical professional. Learn how to file a claim here.
- Available for those who are unable to do their usual job because they were exposed to and contracted COVID-19 during the regular course of their job (i.e. healthcare workers) Find more information and resources here.
Disability Benefits/Paid Sick Leave
Available for those who have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19 and are quarantined. This must be certified by a medical professional. Learn how to file a disability insurance claim here.
- Available to those whose hours have been reduced or who have lost their job due to COVID-19. This applies to those who choose to stay home due to underlying health issues that make them more vulnerable. Learn how to file an unemployment insurance claim here.
- The governor has waived the 1 week wait time and the person may not be required to be actively looking for work, as is usually required.
- If your child’s school is closed and you have to miss work to care for them, you might qualify for unemployment insurance.
Other Helpful Resources
- World Health Organization guidance
- CDC: Frequently Asked Questions (CDC)
- CDC: Updated Guidance for the Public- What to do if you are sick Johns Hopkins has a great Resource Center and this interactive map (which includes lists of recovered people)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Question & Answer on Coronaviruses (WHO)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
State of California Information
San Diego County
- To get text alert updates from the county, Text: COSD COVID19 to 468–311
- San Diego County News Page
- San Diego County Information Page
- Riverside County Public Health Information Site
- Riverside Utilities Assistance Program
- Imperial County Public Health Department
- Also see the order of the Health Officer, linked here.
- Imperial Valley KPBS
- Imperial Irrigation District — information on water and power
We’re In This Together
Together, we will get through this. We hope you stay as safe as you can and stay strong.