Protect yourself and others by staying up to date on advice about the pandemic. For the most recent coverage and advice about COVID-19, see the CDC guidelines.
You can access information through the federal government in Canada here and in the United States here.
Many people are concerned about finances as a result of COVID-19. It is important to remember that you are not alone in this worry. People all over the world are feeling the financial strain of reduced hours or being laid off.
If you are in the United States, you can find information about filing for Unemployment Insurance and the COVID-19 Tax Relief as well as information from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about how to financially protect yourself during COVID-19.
In Canada, you can find information on the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan and apply for Employment Insurance or the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
Ask for help
Many people are feeling overwhelmed by the immediate impacts of this pandemic, so please seek out extra support if you need it. For instance, there are the stresses of social distancing and working from home while trying to homeschool children. There’s also the burden of staying financially afloat among layoffs and reduced hours, the challenge to navigate self-quarantine in a shared home and increasing fears over older and immunocompromised loved ones. If you are in need of support or are struggling to manage a pre-existing mental health condition amidst the pandemic, or you’d like to talk to someone about any issues, you may consider contacting a mental health professional. Helpful services are widely available online:
Regain (for couples).
You can also search for a therapist in your area (many of which are offering remote services):
Canada: You can find a psychologist through your province’s Psychological Association.
United States: You may find a psychologist near you by visiting the American Psychologists Association website.