Red Cross Sint Maarten is here to bring you some tips and ideas on how to keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel while staying at home.
- Stay informed
- Watch your health
- Cope by activities
- Create a daily routine
- Caring for children during a crisis
1. Stay informed
Beware: Misinformation is rampant
News about the new and deadly disease called COVID-19 that appeared in Wuhan, China is everywhere. It’s hard to beat the convenience of the Internet, and we know there’s a lot of useful and reliable information online. But there’s also a lot of misinformation.
Make use of our local trusted sources such as:
- The Government of St. Maarten. Visit their website www.sintmaartengov.org, follow them on Facebook or listen to SXMGOV Radio at 107.9FM.
- The Daily Herald newspaper. Visit their website www.thedailyherald.sx, or follow them on Facebook.
- St. Maarten News Network. Visit their website www.smn-news.com or follow them on Facebook.
- 721 News. Visit their website www.721news.com or follow them on Facebook.
- Collective Prevention Services. Follow them on Facebook or Give them a call at 914 for more information regarding your health.
- Red Cross St Maarten. Visit our website at redcross.sx, follow or inbox us on Facebook.
How to identify other reliable online sources?
While no one source of information is perfect, some are undeniably better than others! It’s best to look for sites that:
- Rely on experts who use well-accepted scientific analyses and publish their results in reputable medical journals
- Have a mission to inform and protect the public, such as the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the World Health Organization, which recently added a myth busters page to its information on the virus
- Are not promoting or selling a product related to the information provided
Other good online sources of information on the virus includes:
- Medline Plus, from the US National Library of Medicine. Visit their website at www.medlineplus.gov
- The UK’s National Health Service. Visit their website at www.nhs.uk.
- Major news outlets with deep expertise in health reporting, such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe’s STAT News.
Examples of conspiracy theories & unfounded claims
Just as the number of people and countries affected by this new virus have spread, so have conspiracy theories and unfounded claims about it. Social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok, have seen a number of false and misleading posts, such as:
- “Oregano Oil Proves Effective Against Coronavirus,” an unfounded claim
- a false claim that “coronavirus is a human-made virus in the laboratory”
- unfounded recommendations to prevent infection by taking vitamin C and avoiding spicy foods
- dangerous suggestions that drinking bleach
Find out about employment and benefits rights!
You may be worried about work and money if you must stay home these issues can have a big effect on your mental health. If you have not already, talk with your employer about sick pay and benefits rights. Knowing the details about what the coronavirus outbreak means for you, you can reduce worry and help feel more in control.
Government has acknowledged that it is imperative that adequate measures are taken to lessen the economic and social impact of this new shock and to achieve a rapid recovery of the economy. Therefore, recommended relief measures and economic stimulus includes a payroll & income support, food support, additional support for necessities, direct relief and indirect-third party relief for 3 to 6 months, to commence in April.