COVID-19 is affecting us all in many ways. The health risks and economic effects are front and center in our minds, but physical distancing also takes a psychological and emotional toll. Many people are finding that what keeps them safe from COVID-19 is difficult or unsafe in other ways.
What do I mean by that? People are concerned about their economic security and their family’s future. We are physically isolated from our support networks, which increases unhealthy coping behaviors and risk for things like domestic violence. We may be missing out on cherished milestones like a high school graduation, or the chance to visit with distant family members.
The case count that we see today in Alaska is proof that the state’s measures are working to reduce the infection rate. But we want to know what we can do to help you. How can we reduce the negative effects of physical distancing for you, for your family, for your community?
I’m here for you. I want to hear from you.
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