MODIFY at WVU CED home

While our response to COVID-19 has changed the way we are doing things, our services to our MODIFY youth continue. All interactions with staff are done remotely via phone, email, or social media. All new referrals will be followed up in a timely manner. Staff work cell numbers and emails remain the same. For questions or additional information please feel free to contact Debra Huff at debra.huff@hsc.wvu.edu or 304-288-4130 or Crystal Hudnall at crystal.hudnall@hsc.wvu.edu or 304-356-4589. You can email or call us during regular business hours Monday-Friday.

A Letter to MODIFY Students

A Letter to MODIFY Students

Hello Modify Students,

A few helpful resources to help you through these trying times due to the Corona Pandemic. As everyone is encouraged to stay in to minimize risks, here are some ideas:

  1. Have supplies delivered to your home. Amazon gives college students 6 months of free Amazon Prime which not only includes access to tons of supplies at discounted rates with free shipping, it also gives you access to tons of movies, tv shows, and music. Check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201895520
  2. Instead of going out to eat because most dining areas are closed, have food delivered or do curb side pickup. I know this can get expensive but there are tons of coupon codes on Retail Me Not for local restaurants. They also have other coupon codes for shopping online. You just put the restaurant or store in the search field on this site and it will pull up available coupons and discounts. Check it out here: https://www.retailmenot.com/
  3. "Your Money: A Hub for Help during the Coronavirus Crisis." This article gives sound advice and guidance in money matters during this pandemic. Check it out here. https://www.nytimes.com/article/coronavirus-money-unemployment.html
  4. To find community resources, don't forget to access 211. http://www.211.org/services/covid19
  5. Information on the new "Families First" Coronavirus Aid Package just signed by the President can be found here: https://www.npr.org/2020/03/19/818322136/heres-what-is-in-the-families-first-coronavirus-aid-package-trump-approved
  6. To apply for SNAP (food assistance) in WV, you can do it online here: https://www.wvpath.org/
  7. If you've been laid off or became unemployed, you can file for unemployment online here: https://workforcewv.org/unemployment/claimants
  8. For updated and accurate information about the Coronavirus, please visit the CDC site here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
  9. Again all of you should have the blue medical card sent to you every month. Please use it if you get sick. If you think you have the Coronavirus, please call your doctor or local hospital for instructions on how you should proceed to get help. If you have moved recently but not changed your address with Medicaid, your medical card will not forward to your new address. It will be returned. If this happens, please contact me and I can issue a temporary medical authorization letter for you and assist you in getting your medical card sent to the correct address.
  10. I will be sending email blast throughout the next few weeks to provide my students with the most up to date information and new resources available as I become aware of them. Remember, these are email blasts and if you need to respond, please only respond to sender not all or contact me in a separate email. This is to protect your privacy as well as prevent others from being bombarded by unnecessary emails. I really dislike those group emails/texts that my children's teachers are sending me. If any one knows how to get out of those group emails/texts once they're sent, I would be forever grateful if you could teach me how to do it 🙂 Besides just blocking the teachers from my phone ... I need the teacher's text but I don't need to know every little detail about what little Suzy is doing or other moms giving free advice.
  11. Finally, I will be working from a remote location starting Monday. I am still committed to provide my students will all the assistance needed. This just means that my office phone is probably not the best way to contact me ... although I will be trying to retrieve messages from my office phone remotely. That being said, I am technologically impaired and for some reason, I am not always able to retrieve messages remotely. So, let me remind everyone of my cell phone number (681)529-4053 and as always email is the best way to contact me.
  12. Please be safe and take necessary precautions to stay safe and well! Contact me if you need anything! Have a fantastic weekend everyone!!!

Finally, the following was posted to my personal FB by a nurse. This helped me better understand what all the fuss was about relating to the Coronavirus. Hope it helps you understand the seriousness of this situation.

"Coronavirus Science made simple: For those of you who do not understand or who are not catching on ."

Feeling confused as to why Coronavirus is a bigger deal than Seasonal flu? Here it is in a nutshell. I hope this helps. Feel free to share this to others who don’t understand...

It has to do with RNA sequencing.... I.e. genetics.

Seasonal flu is an “all human virus”. The DNA/RNA chains that make up the virus are recognized by the human immune system. This means that your body has some immunity to it before it comes around each year... you get immunity two ways...through exposure to a virus, or by getting a flu shot.

Novel viruses, come from animals.... the WHO tracks novel viruses in animals, (sometimes for years watching for mutations). Usually these viruses only transfer from animal to animal (pigs in the case of H1N1) (birds in the case of the Spanish flu). But once, one of these animal viruses mutates, and starts to transfer from animals to humans... then it’s a problem, Why? Because we have no natural or acquired immunity.. the RNA sequencing of the genes inside the virus isn’t human, and the human immune system doesn’t recognize it so, we can’t fight it off.

Now.... sometimes, the mutation only allows transfer from animal to human, for years it’s only transmission is from an infected animal to a human before it finally mutates so that it can now transfer human to human... once that happens..we have a new contagion phase. And depending on the fashion of this new mutation, thats what decides how contagious, or how deadly it’s gonna be..

H1N1 was deadly....but it did not mutate in a way that was as deadly as the Spanish flu. It’s RNA was slower to mutate and it attacked its host differently, too.

Fast forward.

Now, here comes this Coronavirus... it existed in animals only, for nobody knows how long...but one day, at an animal market, in Wuhan China, in December 2019, it mutated and made the jump from animal to people. At first, only animals could give it to a person... But here is the scary part.... in just TWO WEEKS it mutated again and gained the ability to jump from human to human. Scientists call this quick ability, “slippery”

This Coronavirus, not being in any form a “human” virus (whereas we would all have some natural or acquired immunity). Took off like a rocket. And this was because, Humans have no known immunity...doctors have no known medicines for it.

And it just so happens that this particular mutated animal virus, changed itself in such a way that it causes great damage to human lungs..

That’s why Coronavirus is different from seasonal flu, or H1N1 or any other type of influenza.... this one is slippery. And it’s a lung eater...And, it’s already mutated AGAIN, so that we now have two strains to deal with, strain s, and strain L....which makes it twice as hard to develop a vaccine.

We really have no tools in our shed, with this. History has shown that fast and immediate closings of public places has helped in the past pandemics. Philadelphia and Baltimore were reluctant to close events in 1918 and they were the hardest hit in the US during the Spanish Flu.

Factoid: Henry VIII stayed in his room and allowed no one near him, till the Black Plague passed...(honestly...I understand him so much better now). Just like us, he had no tools in his shed, except social isolation...

And let me end by saying....right now it’s hitting older folks harder... but this genome is so slippery...if it mutates again (and it will). Who is to say, what it will do next.

Be smart folks... acting like you’re unafraid is so not smart right now. Be a team player.

#flattenthecurve. Stay home folks... and share this to those that just are not catching on.🤓"