Second edition of COVID-19 Solutions Guide offers tips to persevere through the pandemic

The book offers guidelines to all, from students to small business owners to older adults.

New guidelines for people traveling to Los Angeles County will put individuals in a mandatory 10-day quarantine. Technology, medical, education and finance experts have prepared the second edition of The COVID-19 Solutions Guide for them.

The second edition of the COVID-19 Solutions Guide provides insights on how to stay home during the pandemic. In addition to a detailed introduction of the virus itself, readers can learn about how to get physical and mental care, maintain financial stability and succeed in online learning.

For students attending online classes, co-author Dr. Judith Langer said presence, collaboration and cognitive engagement are crucial elements to have. Specifically, presence is the root of successful learning. Collaboration enhances the meaning-building process as students think, reflect and give feedback. Cognitive engagement, in other words, critical and analytical thinking, generates longer memories and allows students to apply knowledge in novel situations.

To educators who are teaching over Zoom, Langer suggested having breaks from online learning with specific goals for reflection and independent research is beneficial.

Responding to methods that encourage people to follow public health guidance, co-author Dr. Gary Feldman, a former public health officer for Ventura and Riverside counties, referred to research showing people respond best and modify their behavior when shown that other people are doing the same thing. In the field of psychology, it is called conformity.

“A message that says wear a mask to protect others is less effective than a message that says many other people are wearing masks now,” Feldman said.

The duality of the home has been evident for one of the co-authors, Dr. Ronald Baecker, an Emeritus Professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. Around 30 years ago, Baecker researched remote collaboration technologies. The upside, according to Baecker, is that working at home can stretch to serve other functions. At the same time, he said this can lead to workaholism and a threat to one’s mental wellbeing.

For fighting Zoom fatigue, Baecker said there is a greater need now more than ever to disconnect and contemplate.

“We can say no,” he said. “We can not and need not be compelled to work all the time.”

Last year, more than half of U.S. employees worked remotely to avoid COVID-19. Co-author Justin Stein, a financial advisor, has found three common traits which lead to success in this environment: adaptability, good communication and a decent grasp of technology.

Despite the pandemic, the stock market reached many record highs in 2020. Stein said investing during the pandemic is similar to investing in any other time.

“If your portfolio has a solid long-term strategy, it will be more resilient to periods of increased market volatility,” Stein said. ”Every six or 12 months you should be checking in with your advisor to see if any course corrections need to be made.”

With most people staying home, the authors have utilized technology to stay connected. This has helped keep the authors strong.

“We have strengthened ties to distant family and friends using Zoom and other conferencing technologies,” said Baecker. “Family has been an anchor for sanity.”

Before the pandemic ends, The COVID-19 Solutions Guide team will continue to keep readers updated through blogs and newsletters.

Correction made Jan. 8, 2021, 8:09 a.m.: A previous version of this story misspelled the name of Justin Stein. Annenberg Media apologizes for this error.