The Women of Windsor during COVID-19
While the Royals are joining much of the rest of the world in self-quarantine in response to the COVID-19 virus, they are still active via social media and visits to those on the frontlines of fighting this virus, with the proper precautions. It is expected that the Queen will address the nation sometime this week as the UK goes into lockdown to attempt to slow the spread of the virus.
Last week, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited staff at NHS 111 who are providing care and advice during this uncertain time. William and Catherine thanked staff and found out more on how they are accommodating the influx of calls to ensure everyone receives the information and resources required. The visit was done in strict accordance with National Health Services and World Health Organization recommendations to ensure everyone's continued health and safety.
While many people are now working or schooling from home, medical personnel are working overtime to try and fight this virus. As the Duke and Duchess reminded the public via social media after their visit, it is imperative we listen to healthcare professionals and stay up to date on their advice, which includes staying home except for essential activities, regularly sanitizing high frequency touchpoints and washing your hands for at least 20 seconds.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared some resources via their Instagram on looking after your mental health during this time. The Crisis Text Line, Give us a Shout, and Kids Help Phone are all in need of volunteers while people are self-isolating. Harry and Meghan have also encouraged everyone to reach out to friends and family and share how they are feeling at this uncertain time.
The Countess of Wessex has shared a video (filmed by her daughter, Lady Louise) sharing resources to help parents who are home with their children. The ISPCC has launched the #ChildlineChallenge which suggests some fun activities to attempt to stave off boredom for children while they are confined to their homes.
The NSPCC is sharing advice on how to best speak to children about the COVID-19 disease and the National Autistic Society is sharing information on how families with autistic children can cope with this issue. Several charities are sharing resources for parents, adults and children on a wide variety of topics about this virus which include best practices for staying safe and healthy, looking after your mental health while self-isolating as well as activities and ideas for keeping busy while at home.