There are many resources online with updated information on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We recommend only using sources that provide official information to avoid misinformation and confusion. Sites we can recommend include:
cdc.gov The main website for the CDC. It has many links and a lot of information available including information on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
coronavirus.gov A specialized site from the CDC that is totally dedicated to COVID-19, resources, prevention, and up to date information.
covid19.colorado.gov Resource for updated information from Colorado.
covid19.mt.gov Resource for updated information from Montana.
covid19.wyo.gov Resource for updated information from Wyoming.
Nationwide is is now recommended that people wear non-medical, face cloth coverings when out in public. These masks do not include medical grade, N95, or surgical masks, which should be used by medical personnel. These can be home made fabric masks, bandanas etc. Several resources on making a homemade mask can be found here:
A resource page for Colorado on how to make masks: https://www.coloradomaskproject.com/
How to make a mask out of a bandana with no sewing (YouTube): https://youtu.be/1r2C1zGUHbU
Step by step blog on making a mask out of a handkerchief and hair ties: http://blog.japanesecreations.com/no-sew-face-mask-with-handkerchief-and-hair-tie
Local news station story with links on how to make a mask: https://kdvr.com/news/coronavirus/how-to-make-a-homemade-mask-with-or-without-sewing/
Be very careful when reading or viewing information from questionable sources. At this time there are no quick fixes, vaccines, or cures. The best recommendations are social distancing, washing your hands, avoiding touching your face, and staying home if you are sick. Help protect others by staying at home and taking precautions as recommended by state and federal authorities. Call your doctor if you have questions about your health.
Self-Isolate/Quarantine or Stay-At-Home Resources
We realize many of you, including our HTC staff, are working from home, self-isolating, and may have children they are caring for in isolation. This can be challenging but there are a number of resources to provide help and support. We also know some may have lost jobs, which can bring significant stress.
Our HTC team, including our Psychosocial team, Physical Therapy team, and Clinical Care team are working hard to find resources that can be a help to both families and individuals who are abiding by the self-isolate recommendations at this time and may need some support.
Talking to Children about COVID-19
Check out How to Talk to Your Children About Coronavirus a blog post from Sophie Ebbeler, PsyD and Robert Casey, PHD (of Children's Hospital Colorado).
Children's Hospital Colorado has shared Tips for Talking to Your Kids about Coronavirus/COVID-19.
Another great page is found here at How to Talk to Your Child About Coronavirus/COVID-19.
A fabulous resource is an online book with a video called "Something Strange Happened in my City: A Children's Social Story" by Dr. Shu-Chen Yen. Pdf version you and your child can read together is available here.
If you or your kids are struggling with change or loss, this booklet from NAGC may be helpful.
Our Psychosocial team is working from home but available to help. Please call (303) 724-0724 and ask to be directed to one of our team members.
Many people need to file for unemployment right now and may, or may not have done it before. Please see guidelines on applying here.
If you are in need of support for food, rent, internet, or employment, this document has several resources that may be able to help.
Shopping has become a challenge! Even if you can afford to purchase items, they are often out of stock. Our Psychosocial team created some Tips and Tricks for Grocery Shopping During a Pandemic to help.
Books and Reading
Mr. Jason's Digital Storytimes is a website put together by Pennsylvania based Middletown Free Library with free book readings.
StorylineOnline.net is a free site where a variety of actors and other celebrities read books to children.
The Libby app, Overdrive, or Hoopla are tools used by local libraries to download audio or e-books that you check out like a library book. Most local libraries use apps or software like this and most libraries allow you to borrow from them, even if you aren't in their district. Explore your local library online for these resources. Some libraries even offer streaming of movies and TV shows, and have free digital educational courses. Check out Denver Public Library for ideas of what many libraries offer right now, and search for the library near you that may have similar resources.
Audible.com is offering free children's audio books during this time.
Resources for Animal Lovers
If you are missing the chance to get out and see animals, many zoos, aquariums, and nature centers have free webcams that you can watch animals from your home. Do a google search for animals you are interested in. A few fun examples we found: The Denver Zoo has a virtual Safari; The San Diego Zoo has multiple webcams; there is a Polar Bear Exhibit at Ouwehand Zoo in the Netherlands; Cincinnati Zoo has a Home Safari, and the National Zoo in Washington D.C. has several webcams too.
Arts, Crafts, Culture, Learning
Coloring Pages & Crafts
There are many really wonderful opportunities right now that support the arts for all ages. A few great resources we found include RTD Coloring pages; Art institutions all around the world have coloring books to download for free; mindfulness coloring books; even one designed to answer questions about COVID-19 as you color. This site is one of many offering ideas on fun crafts to do at home, not to mention taking a peek at Pinterest.
If you want to look at art, being stuck at home won't prevent you. Many art museums are offering online access to virtual tours or videos about the art in their buildings. Check out this huge list of museum options you can access from home.
Itching to go see some great parks, but you realize that even if you left those places are closed? A large number of our national parks can be viewed virtually with the help of Google Earth.
Field Trips for Kids
A quick search online can come up with many great options. Here's just one we found that has some great resources for virtual field trips.
For the Harry Potter fans, a virtual tour of the British Library's "Harry Potter a History of Magic" Exhibit is available free .
Plays, Musicals & Music
Most theater and performance venues are closed but this is a great time to explore some of the performances available online. Most artists are stuck at home and many are sharing their music online in live streams.
The Colorado Symphony has Virtual Music Hour with weekly videos and access to past performances.
Kid fun and Learning Resources
We have been given many activity resources for children, as well as some learning from home resources. Check out these great options for keeping toddlers to teens busy and learning:
Activities for Toddlers: https://busytoddler.com/2020/03/indoor-activities/
Learning videos, games and books: https://www.funbrain.com/
Seussville, fun site with videos and games based on Dr. Seuss stories: https://www.seussville.com/
Free Printable Homeschool resources: https://www.123homeschool4me.com/home-school-free-printables/
This is an unprecedented event in world history. This printable COVID-19 Time Capsule activity allows families to document their experience to remember what they were feeling and doing.
Crafts, activities, worksheets and coloring pages: https://www.allkidsnetwork.com/
Science, learning, animals, games from National Geographic: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
Keep your math skills sharp with games at Arcademics: https://www.arcademics.com/
Activities, fun, games, and music at Highlights Kids: https://www.highlightskids.com/
Our incredible Physical Therapy team knows it's hard on everyone being out of our physical routines. They have put together some great information and guidelines to help all our patients and their family members stay healthy during this time.
They share in a new guide "How to Keep Moving While Staying at Home": For most of us our typical physical activities and
exercise routines have been cut back or even put on hold to follow important
physical distancing guidelines. Staying at home doesn’t have to mean sitting
still, and you don’t need a home gym or special equipment to get started. Here
are some ideas to help you figure out ways to take care of your physical
fitness at home. Click to read their guide.
They also provided some handy exercise sheets to help make sure you get the stretches you need.
Upper Body Stretches
Lower Body Stretches
They can also be accessed online at www.my-exercise-code.com and enter in the code at the top of each page.
While these are some general guidelines, please feel free to contact our PT team with any
questions, concerns, or for ideas on how to tailor a program to meet your individual
needs. HTC PT Line: (303)-724-0724.