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UW-Extension: Health and wellbeing during COVID-19
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The UW-Madison Division of Extension connects university resources to local communities through evidence-based programs, information and research. Extension Educators collaborate with communities to address community needs and respond to relevant situations.

The COVID-19 global pandemic has changed the way people in Wisconsin are living their lives. Many people are trying to adapt to this new way of life, and it is important to ensure they are all aware of the current scientific information and recommendations. The summer months typically bring packed beaches, festivals, vacations and large family gatherings to local communities, but this year may look different. Now that restrictions are being lifted in Wisconsin it is important to think about how to continue to protect the health of oneself and others as case numbers rise in communities.

As weather gets warmer and more people are anxious to get out and socialize, it is important to remember that the safest place is still at home. Some key things to remember are the continued need to practice handwashing, cleaning, sanitizing and staying home when sick. When in public, remember to practice physical distancing and when unable to stay at least 6 feet away from others, wear a mask. When wearing a mask, it needs to cover both nose and mouth for it to be effective. Cloth masks are recommended for the general public and there are many videos online on  how to make masks. The information currently known is that this virus is spread primarily from person to person contact, and masks help stop that spread.  

In addition to taking care of your physical health, you also need to ensure you are taking care of your mental health. Social isolation is a concern as many people are staying home much more than usual. It is important to remember that while physical distancing is important, maintaining connections with others is also important, but may just look a bit different. Try to connect with friends via Zoom or other video technology, write letters and send mail to loved ones, call older relatives to check in, and get creative with other connections! In addition to maintaining connections with others, remember to take care of your own emotional well-being during this time. Getting outside to enjoy some sunshine can be helpful to boost your mental health: take a walk with your dog, play outside with your children, sit and read a book or listen to a podcast on the patio. Some people have found new hobbies to keep themselves busy. The most important thing is to make sure you do something you enjoy every day.

Use these tips to stay healthy, both physically and mentally, and help keep your community safe. Visit Extension’s COVID-19 resource page for more ideas:

— For more information, contact Hannah McMunn, Extension Green County Health and Well-Being Educator, at 608-328-9440 or