KSRE Sedgwick County Family Resources - COVID-19
K-State Research and Extension specialists are subject matter experts in numerous aspects of life that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. They provide unbiased, fact-based help in these subjects free of charge for the benefit of everyone in Kansas and the rest of the world.
As our society faces the challenges of maintaining health-oriented practices, social isolation, school closures, financial pressures and more, the following resources can help as you navigate through this challenging situation.
Local K-State Research and Extension agents are still on the job during this time of closures and confinement. They, too, are practicing social distancing. Email is the best way to reach them, but call forwarding and voicemail allow for closed local offices to be reached by phone as well (some responses could be delayed). To find out how to reach your local agents, visit the K-State Research and Extension county and district directory.
Smithsonian Virtual Access - The Smithsonian has opened virtual access.
Google Gallery Partnership - Google has teamed with over 2,500 galleries around the world to provide virtual gallery tours.
Nature-based activities to do while practicing social distancing - University of Minnesota Extension
For outdoor activities see below.
Research implies that SARS-CoV-2 can survive up to 3 hours in the air, up to 1 day on cardboard, and 2-3 days on stainless steel surfaces and plastic. Research Study on Aerosol and Surface Survival on SARS-CoV-2 https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMc2004973
CoupleTALK: Enhancing Your Relationship (KSRE publication)
CoupleTALK Activity Cards (KSRE publication)
- The New Screen Time: Beyond Television and Into the Future (informational guide)
- Emergent Literacy: Helping Young Children’s Development Through Reading (fact sheet)
- Engaging in the Use of Digital Media (audio, April 8, 2019) Food Safety
- Steps to Prepare your Family in case your community is affected by COVID-19 from the CDC
- Disasters: Children’s Responses and Helping Them Recover (informational guide)
- Building Resiliency (overcoming hardships) in Children (audio, July 8, 2019)
- Family Dance! Dance as a Healthy and Fun Family Activity (fact sheet)
- Loving Long Distance: Families Separated by Distance (fact sheet)
- The Science of Family Meal Team: A Child and Family Development Perspective (fact sheet)
- The Benefits of Family Meals (audio, Nov. 25, 2019)
- Farm analyst urges producers to follow their business plan (news release, March 17, 2020)
- Navigating the Farm Market Crisis (audio, March 17, 2019)
- Coronavirus Impact on the Pork-Swine Industry (video from AgManager.info, March 17, 2020)
- Coronavirus Impact on the Beef-Cattle Industry (video from AgManager.info, March 17, 2020)
- Move More, Sit Less (fact sheet)
- Let’s Live a Little: Physical Activity for Fun and Fitness (fact sheet)
Food Safety and COVID-19 Extension Food Safety
- Healthy Cooking Styles (fact sheet)
- Fact sheet Cook Once, Eat for a Month (fact sheet)
- At-Home Safe Food Handling: It’s in Your Hands (informational guide)
- Food Safety Education (audio program, Aug. 26, 2019)
- Food Safety During Disasters and Power Outages (webpage with resource links)
- Food Handling (webpage with resource links)
- Food Preservation (webpage with resource links)
- Food Safety – Disasters and Power Outages Salvaging and handling food after power outages, floods, and other disasters may raise questions and present challenges.
- Understanding Stress and Depression (presentation):
- Strategies to help you cope (informational guide)
- Stress Management (fact sheet)
- Living Life Richer (fact sheet)
- Everyday Mindfulness (fact sheet)
- How to Deal with Stress and Anxiety during COVID-19 from the CDC
- Child Mind Institute
- UW-Madison’s Center for Healthy Minds
- Child Trends: - Supporting children's emotions well-being during the COVID -19 pandemic.
- If you are feeling hopeless or helpless (or know someone who is feeling this way), please reach out to someone., or the confidential National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Website, Hotline: 1-800-273-8755.
Fruit and vegetable gardening: Things to do now
- Planting fruits and vegetables
- What to Plant in March
Lawn and landscape
- Gardening How To Videos: https://kansashealthyyards.org/
- Gardening Publications (on all gardening topics): https://hnr.k-state.edu/extension/publications/
- Common Garden Plant & Pest Problems: https://hnr.k-state.edu/extension/info-center/plant-pest-problems.html
- Weekly Gardening Newsletters: https://hnr.k-state.edu/extension/info-center/newsletters/index.html
- Other K-State Gardening Resources: https://hnr.k-state.edu/extension/info-center/
- Prepare Kansas (blog)
- The Kansas PRIDE Program for community vitality offers a newsletter provides information on small business concerns, mental health, working from home, being home with children, and more. Subscribe on their news page.
- The weekly Better Kansas blog contains topical, timely information from K-State Research and Extension professionals.
- Extension is not limited to Kansas. Universities across the country have extension experts who are also sharing their information. Their responses to the novel coronavirus are collected on this page.
Information from official sources
K-State Research and Extension is a statewide network of educators sharing unbiased, research-based information and expertise on issues important to Kansas. As in any disaster or emergency, it is important to get information from official sources. The following official sources are providing information about COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus 2019).
- World Health Organization
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Kansas Department of Health and Environment (including Family Action Plan)
- American Veterinary Medical Association
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- U.S. Department of Education
- Sedgwick County