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Resources for the Novel Coronavirus (CODIV-19)

Tips for students during COVID-19 pandemic

As the world battles COVID-19, it can be a particularly confusing and stressful time for you as an international student returned to Hong Kong or as a local student as well. It is crucial to be aware that we are in this situation together. Around the city, people are supporting each other during this period of uncertainty. For your own sake, it is important to stay healthy and happy.

Start a routine and maintain it

Many colleges and schools over in USA and in Hong Kong are moving to online study, this will surely impacting your regular routine. However, you need to continue to adhere to a timetable, even if your circumstances have changed. While regular routines can ensure you are completing all your necessary tasks, they can also help alleviate anxiety and stress.

How to ensure a productive and healthy study day

Get up at about the same time every day. If you can, go outside for a walk in the morning. If you are bound at home under the 14 days quarantine rule, sit near an open window just to get some fresh air and take a view outside.

Then, go to your study schedule. Make sure you take breaks regularly, that you are getting a little bit of exercise too.

Sleep

If you’re struggling to fall asleep, it might be because you’re looking at a screen too soon before going to bed. The blue light emitted from electronics like your phone, TV or laptop delays your body’s internal clock, suppresses the release of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin, and makes it more difficult to fall asleep. Try setting yourself a curfew for using your electronic devices as early as possible before going to sleep: an hour or even 30 minutes is good.

There are lots of other methods to help you fall asleep naturally, including mindfulness, medication or aromatherapy. Find what helps you achieve a long night of restful sleep.

Socialising

If you are self-isolating at the moment, it is vital that you find ways to socialise and keep in touch with friends and family, whichever way possible. Your preferred messaging platform is a great place to start, or just a simple phone call. Try some (virtual) face-to-face conversation, via all sorts of social media you prefer.  

For something more unique, why not try Netflix Party? It’s a Google Chrome extension that allows users to watch movies together in sync and adds a group chat so you can communicate throughout. Or, get gaming – there is a huge range of online games for all different platforms that you can enjoy with friends.

Maintaining your mental health

With all of the current uncertainty, it is completely normal to feel anxious and stressed.

To alleviate anxiety, you must ensure you have access to good-quality, accurate information about COVID-19, to help you maintain perspective and feel in control.

Try breathing exercise, meditation, mindfulness and the like. There are a lot of resources about mental exercises in YouTube.

Get help from friends and relatives, or government organizations if necessary.

How to stay happy and positive during the COVID-19 pandemic period

1. Use positive language. We live in a world that is made of our words. Choose to communicate and frame situations using positive, rather than negative, language. This will help make us, and those around us, more positive.

2. Have an Impact Statement. People who have a clear sense of purpose are both happy and successful.

3. Stay active. Choose a physical activity that you enjoy and can do regularly.

4. Say thank you. Commit to thanking at least one person who has made a difference in your life, each week. This will change your life.

5. Rewire your brain. Our brains are wired to protect us. That is why it easier for our minds to pick negative stimuli. Having a daily practice of writing down a few things that we are grateful for will build more positive and happy connections in the brain making it more likely to choose happiness.

6. Healthy Eating can make you feel happier

https://howtobehappy.guru/healthy-eating-can-make-you-feel-happier/

*Choosing happiness is a rational choice, not only on a personal level but also on an organisational and national level.

How to Protect Yourself

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) > CDC > Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) > How to Prepare, click below:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fprevention.html

Related websites:

Hong Kong

DH to further strengthen health quarantine arrangements on inbound travellers from overseas

https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202003/10/P2020031000663.htm

Centre for Health Protection

https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/index.html

https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/media/116/index.html

Latest Situation of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Hong Kong

https://chp-dashboard.geodata.gov.hk/covid-19/zh.html

Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions

https://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/en_HK/travel-information/travel-preparation/travel-advisories/notice-regarding-travel-restrictions.html

CHP (Centre for Health Protection) Department of Health

https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/index.html

USA

NAFSA (National Association of Foreign Student Advisers 全國外國學生顧問協會)

https://www.nafsa.org/regulatory-information/coronavirus-critical-resources

 

COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel

https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus

 

SEVP Broadcast Message 2001-05: 2019 Novel Coronavirus and F and M non-immigrants (January 29, 2020)

https://www.nafsa.org/sites/default/files/media/document/SEVPcoronavirus_20200129.pdf

Fact Sheets of major states

COVID-19 fact sheets for the state of California.

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCOV2019.aspx

COVID-19 fact sheets for the state of Washington.

https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020/FactSheet

COVID-19 fact sheets for the state of New York.

https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

Higher Education in the State of Washington

https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/NovelCoronavirusFactSheet.pdf

CDC (Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html

USCIS Response to the 2019 Coronavirus (February 5, 2019).

https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-response-2019-coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Newsroom Releases

https://www.cdc.gov/media/archives.html?Sort=Article%20Date%3A%3Adesc

USCIS's standard Special Situations webpage (non-coronavirus-specific)

https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/special-situations

DHS (Department of Homeland Security)

DHS issues supplemental instructions for Inbound Flights with individuals who have been in China (February 2, 2020)

https://www.nafsa.org/sites/default/files/media/document/SEVPcoronavirus_20200129.pdf

DHS (Department of Homeland Security)  Office of Academic Engagement Campus Resilience Program

https://www.dhs.gov/epidemicpandemic

World Health Organization (WHO) – Coronavirus Page

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

Novel Coronavirus Updates

New York Times March 16, 2020

Across U.S., Gatherings Are Canceled and Schools Are Closed 

As the coronavirus continued to spread through the United States on Sunday (Mar 15, 2020), officials took some of their most aggressive steps yet to try to halt its progress, including shutting down more school systems.

Restaurants and bars were ordered closed in several parts of the United States, including New York City, Massachusetts, Ohio, Washington and Puerto Rico; in some places officials said establishments could still sell food for takeout or delivery. The move will close bars in New York City, Boston and California, among other places, for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday on Tuesday, which is typically one of their busiest days of the year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that no mass gatherings with 50 people or more — including weddings, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events or conferences — should be held in the United States for the next eight weeks. It was one of the federal government’s most sweeping efforts yet to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Biden and Sanders say the military can help in the fight against the virus.

The Fed slashes rates nearly to zero.

Sources: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/16/world/coronavirus-news.html

Situation of he CODIV-19 outbreak in the United States (Litz USA Staff reporting from US, March 7, 2020)

With the increasing number of novel coronavirus cases in Wuhan, Americans are also more concerned about the epidemic situation. In supermarkets such as Costco found hand sanitizers, detergents and toilet paper being snapped up, but many Americans do not understand what the epidemic situation has to do with toilet paper!

Restaurants dominated by Americans generally have no effect. Many people go out to eat as usual, but some restaurants or Chinese restaurants in Chinese areas are relatively quiet.

Many companies cancelled their scheduled conferences, such as Facebook ’s international conference in San Francisco, and large sports events such as ice hockey were also cancelled, the greatly affect the hotel and aviation industries. Airlines such as UA and American airlines adopt flexible booking plans. Passengers who book their journeys departing in March can be rescheduled without any handling fees. I hope that passengers can rest assured to book their journeys.

In Washington state ... In addition, March spring break is a popular period for 11th graders in the United States to visit and “Trial Class Attendance”n order to decide on their choices of universities next year. University class suspensions are now happening, such as at Cornell University Cornell. Even so, the average Americans do not show much panic, unlike in most Asian countries, very few local people are wearing masks as can be observed on the street. The government encourages people to wash their hands and exercise more to maintain physical and mental health. 

 

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