People in the health care industry are a compassionate bunch. If you’re among those who have been wondering how you could help neighbors, family or friends who are quarantined or isolated due to COVID-19, read on. Amy Acton (’90), M.D., MPH, director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), has suggestions for you.

Ideas from Dr. Acton and the ODH

Remember that distress, anxiety, fear, and strong emotions are normal in times of distress or crisis. Remind yourself and others that these feelings will fade.

If you have a mental health condition, continue with your treatment plan and monitor for any new symptoms. Call your healthcare provider with any concerns. Additional resources on mental health and COVID-19 can be found at

Get information from a trusted source, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or by calling the Ohio COVID-19 call center at 1.833.4.ASK.ODH (1.833.427.5634).

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