Notices and communications about being healthy and in relationship during this time have been shared from Quaker and other religious organizations and the government. Every resource says some of the same things that we all need to be doing: wash hands, stay home if you have any cold, flu or respiratory symptoms, greet one another without touching. Each of our communities have additional things to share as well which can be useful for Friends who are wanting to know everything they can. See below for links to organizations and text from meetings. This will be added to as other information is shared.
Quaker Organizations & Yearly Meetings
- Friends General Conference
- New England Yearly Meeting
- New York Yearly Meeting
- Baltimore Yearly Meeting
Center For Disease Control
- CDC Coronavirus Disease Information
- CDC information for Faith Based Groups
- CDC information for households
Friends at Radnor Meeting have compiled the following list of useful advice to help prevent the spread of COVID19 at meeting:
- Don’t attend meeting if you are sick or have any illness symptoms at all, including cough, fever or shortness of breath; have a chronic health condition; or are elderly or frail. Instead, go home before interacting with others.
- Wash your hands before and after going into the meeting room and after touching objects like doorknobs, benches, coat hangers.
- Use hand sanitizer (60% alcohol base) when hand washing is not possible.
- Practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others in conversation or when meeting or sitting in a group. When walking do the same.
- Sit 6 feet away from others during meeting for worship.
- When coughing, cough into your elbow instead of your hands.
- Keep a tissue in your hand to cover your mouth or to touch your face. Dispose of it in a trash basket.
- Bring lozenges to help you keep from coughing.
- Don’t shake hands at the close of meeting.
- Use a disposable cup or glass if you need a drink of water.
- Consider wonderful alternative ways of connecting spiritually and socially with members of our community. For instance, phone or text someone you want to get to know better instead of interacting in person.
Judith Pilla, PhD, RN, Dr. Carol Chou, Dr. Andy South, Dr. Jamie Lockard, Margy
Miccolis, M.S.N, PNP-BC, and Dr. Bidi McSorley.