Orlando Health has created a resource to help residents and families stay safe while the community begins to ease back into the normal Central Florida routine of dining out, going to the beach, and visiting family and friends.
The free resource is a website called “Socially Smart”, found at OrlandoHealth.com/SociallySmart.
It provides detailed information on what this virus is and instructions on managing the risk of COVID-19, as well as self-screening and proper masking, hand washing and surface cleaning. The guides are designed to help families and caregivers maintain a healthy environment and minimize the risk of activities like shopping and traveling, which will resume as theme parks continue to open.
“It’s important to have tools available that people can use to keep themselves and their loved ones safe as we slowly resume day-to-day activities,” said Orlando Health Chief Quality Officer Dr. George Ralls. “If individuals take personal responsibility for their health and safety, while also considering those same things for others, we can better prevent the spread of the virus moving forward and keep our community healthy.”
In addition to tools that help guide individuals on practical safety and hygiene habits, the website also offers a variety of resources to help with managing the mental and emotional strains related to COVID-19 such as increased isolation due to quarantine, stress, anxiety and depression. As more families and individuals are faced with added stressors, Orlando Health physicians warn that there is an increased potential for a rise in child abuse and neglect cases.
“Parents, caregivers and their families are having to come to terms with a new normal that adds significant stress,” said Dr. Don Plumley, Medical Director of Pediatric Trauma at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. “One of the goals of this resource is to remind parents and caregivers that they aren’t going through this experience alone and to help them better manage these added stressors moving forward. By doing that, we can lessen opportunities for abuse.”