Resources for Staying at Home During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Staying at home will help stop the COVID-19 outbreak. If you are a U.S. citizen who is staying at home in France, here are some resources –mostly in English –that may be of assistance.

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If You Feel Sick

If you believe you have the symptoms of COVID-19, there are a number of resources:

The French government has posted an informative guide and self-test that are available in English: https://maladiecoronavirus.fr/. We also recommend you consult the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for specific information about the disease, as well as another symptom-checker.

Here is where to get immediate help:

  • If you want a doctor’s consultation online, Doctolib offers telehealth consultations. You will need to have a French Social Security number. You can also schedule an appointment at a clinic through Doctolib.
  • If you need a doctor to come to your house, S.O.S. Médecins (01 47 07 77 77) is equivalent to a house-call visit. They will do video conferences, go to your home, or you can be seen in their clinic in the 13th arrondissement. You will pay upfront, by cash, French cheque, or card (alert the service in advance for cards) and be partially reimbursed if you have French Social Security benefits. If the situation is an emergency, they will refer you to SAMU or to go to an emergency department.
  • If your symptoms worsen and you are experiencing difficulty breathing and signs of suffocation, call the SAMU Center by dialing 15. Most likely, you will be taken to a hospital. You will be invoiced for services later with instructions on how to pay.
  • For emergencies, you can also call the Pompiers at 18 or the European number for emergency services, 112.
  • If you have difficulty hearing or speaking over the phone due to a disability, send a text to 114.

For Questions About Health Insurance in France

If you are a resident in France (usually after three months), it is compulsory to enroll with l’Assurance maladie (often referred to as Sécu, short for Sécurité Sociale). A very good explanation of health care in France is provided here. Also, for an English guide to French health care and health insurance, visit here. The guide explains the different health insurance options for those living in France, offers examples of the average cost of health care, and gives information on finding doctors and specialists.

If you want to find out more about national health insurance, this link can help.

If you are traveling in France and need insurance, there are options. Note, however, that this type of insurance is not a supplement for l’Assurance Maladie. You would purchase insurance if you are traveling and do not have coverage at home in the United States. Here are some options:

Protect Yourself 

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Additionally, masks are required when using public transportation in France. Watch this video to learn how to make your own face covering.

Mental Health

Your wellbeing is more than physical. Depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues may arise as the confinement period continues. These U.S.-based resources may be of help:

The French government has established the Reserve Service Civique system for older adults dealing with COVID-19 concerns. Click here for more information. If you are French-speaking, you can also volunteer to help from your home.

Or, if you want to help other neighbors, here is a useful guide.

 

 

The listing and links above are provided as a point of reference and is not intended to be exhaustive. The inclusion of a specific company or organization does not constitute a recommendation and the Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by the company or organization whose names appear on such lists. 

 

  • Police, dial 17
  • Fire, dial 18
  • European Emergency Number,  dial 112.

About Domestic Violence

Self-quarantine and social distancing help reduce the spread of COVID-19, but for many dealing with domestic violence, staying home may put people at risk. External factors such as financial strain and stress compound the issue, and when the community is encouraged to remain in their homes, an abuser may take advantage of an already harmful situation. If you are experiencing domestic abuse, call France Victimes, 116 006.

There are also many resources available for online counseling in the United States. Here are a few:

Other Services

If you are looking for counseling, legal advice, or to help someone back home, here are some more resources:

The listing and links above are provided as a point of reference and is not intended to be exhaustive. The inclusion of a specific company or organization does not constitute a recommendation and the Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by the company or organization whose names appear on such lists.

 

  • The French Government has announced the next phase of deconfinement, which began June 2, 2020. The 100 km limit on travel within France no longer applies. Groups are still limited to a maximum of 10 people in public spaces. Certain public services are now open. For details on work, transportation, and other details of daily life, click here.
  • The French government differentiates color-coded geographic regions based on COVID-19 incidence. Paris is an orange region where stricter parameters apply, including restricting restaurants to outdoor dining only.
  • On May 7, 2020, France also announced that French borders will remain closed to non-European Union countries until at least June 15. Travel restrictions for entering and transiting through France remain in place.

More information on the COVID-19 outbreak in France is available at the U.S. Embassy Paris website, here.

If you are feeling like you want to connect with other U.S. citizens, there are a number of virtual resources still going strong at this time.

Check out this website for a list of many opportunities to connect.

 

More associations for Americans are listed below:

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For Military Veterans

For U.S. military veterans and their families, The American Legion, France, offers a variety of support services.

The listing and links above are provided as a point of reference and is not intended to be exhaustive. The inclusion of a specific company or organization does not constitute a recommendation and the Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by the company or organization whose names appear on such lists.

Staying at home for long periods can be a source of stress and anxiety.The following resources are available to ensure you have food and other necessities for daily life, even when in confinement.

Leclerc, Auchan, Cora, Carrefour, Franprix, and Monoprix are mostly open during the day. There are also delivery services, or pick-up services available, closing between 20 – 21:00 H.

Uber Eats, Just Eat, and Deliveroo are available for online food delivery. The delivery person will put your food at a safe distance from the door. Payment is made online.

 

The listing and links above are provided as a point of reference and is not intended to be exhaustive. The inclusion of a specific company or organization does not constitute a recommendation and the Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by the company or organization whose names appear on such lists.

With a good Internet connection, families can access websites that offer learning tools for all levels.

  • YouTube channels such as “Smarter Every Day” and “Lab 360” offer educational videos and science experiments!
  • Other digital educational resources are offering a few weeks of free access to programs that typically have a monthly fee (Scholastic, BrainPop and Kahoot).
  • Study.com is offering a discount on its materials.

Supporting Students with Exceptional Needs

Online learning for children with special needs often involves additional considerations. Here are some resources for parents.

  • Looking for an educational app or website? Common Sense Media provides information and reviews on the best special education applications and websites based on recommendations by educators.
  • The Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities has a wealth of research on online learning for students with disabilities. This is not a turn-key resource for parents seeking online lessons, but studies, guidance, and policies.
  • Not specifically for children with special needs, PBS Kids offers many online education resources. If you can’t get in because access is blocked outside the United States, there are PBS Kids videos on YouTube.

 

The listing and links above are provided as a point of reference and is not intended to be exhaustive. The inclusion of a specific company or organization does not constitute a recommendation and the Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by the company or organization whose names appear on such lists.

 

Combatting boredom is important. Here are suggestions for you and your family:

 

 

Read!

JSTOR,  a digital library that normally requires a subscription, is putting  6,000 of its ebooks and more than 150 journals online for free.

Scribd, an online library, containing ebooks, audiobooks, and magazine articles, is making all of its content accessible for free for 30 days.

Project Muse is making its academic content temporarily available. This includes the Music Library Association, which has articles on music history; the National Bureau of Asian Research; and the University of California Press.

Fnac is putting many of its ebooks online for free (most in French).

Professional Sports

Complimentary offerings will provide access to full length and condensed replays of all games from the 2019-20 season, as well as an expansive archive of classic games and content. Check terms and conditions.

Virtual Opera

We can’t visit it right now, but we can appreciate the opera online.

Virtual Museum Tours

Now’s the time to appreciate many of the museums of the world online.

Also, look to your internet/television providers for movie rentals: SOSH from Orange, Bouygues, or SFR, for example.

 

The listing and links above are provided as a point of reference and is not intended to be exhaustive. The inclusion of a specific company or organization does not constitute a recommendation and the Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by the company or organization whose names appear on such lists.

 

Staying at home will keep everyone healthier. There are several resources available for staying fit indoors:

  • Free 30-minute workout sessions are available every day at 6:15 pm on @thestudioparis Instagram account
  • Art of Living’s (artdevivre.fr) free Yoga (breathing techniques) on Saturdays and Wednesdays on Zoom
  • SaraBeth Yoga offers free five to 30-minute videos in English.
  • Paris-based American classical ballet dancer and teacher Jenny Sandler offers free daily 30-minute ballet classes in English.

 

The listing and links above are provided as a point of reference and is not intended to be exhaustive. The inclusion of a specific company or organization does not constitute a recommendation and the Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by the company or organization whose names appear on such lists.

You should also have a plan for your pet if you get sick and are unable to provide care. Have extra food on hand and be ready to make the handover if necessary.

Exercising your pet is a good idea for everyone. Respect social distancing when dog-walking and always wash your hands after going outside, handling your pet’s wastes, and close contact.

Many vets are not performing elective services at this time. Check with your vet to determine if hours of operation and procedures have changed.

The listing and links above are provided as a point of reference and is not intended to be exhaustive. The inclusion of a specific company or organization does not constitute a recommendation and the Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by the company or organization whose names appear on such lists.