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CoronaVirus (COVID-19)

Photo courtesy cdc.gov

Thank you for stopping in! Grab your coffee and relax a bit. Today’s post serves as a public service announcement for everyone concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19). I know. I know. By now you are sick and tired of reading about the Coronavirus or (COVID-19). This will be my first and last post (I hope) on the topic. It’s a short read, I promise!

Per my primary care physician’s suggestion, I signed up for updates from the Center for Disease Control on their website – CDC.gov. (Click underlined words on this post to go directly to the website.) My doctor checks this site along with government officials nationwide and locally. The CDC’s information updates daily with tips, guidelines, and information about COVID-19. Also, information is available on the worldwide, national, state and local venues. Signing up is easy or bookmark the page on your favorite device.

In addition to the website, the CDC’s toll-free number is 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636), TTY: 888-232-6348 and is open 24/7 for COVID-19 questions. Be sure to check the website FIRST for answers to your questions about the virus before calling the helpline. This courtesy allows callers who may be experiencing symptoms get information without delay.

The about CoronaVirus page of the cdc.gov website provides information on the virus, how it spreads, symptoms, and more. The Fact Sheets at the bottom of the page are informative, simply written, and available in English, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish.

For information about protecting your family and yourself from the COVID-19 click on this link. Detailed information can be found under the following tabs:

PREPARE YOUR FAMILY

PROTECT YOUR HEALTH

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE SICK

However, my PCP told me there will be cases of the virus in YOUR area. The key is DO NOT PANIC!

Remember these three tips:

1- WASH WASH WASH your hands throughout the day and especially when shopping at stores, visiting the doctor or hospital and restaurants.(Many fast-food restaurants offer drive-thru service only as a precaution and protective measure for their customers and employees.) Follow the 20-second rule for washing your hands and share it with every family member. (Video and detailed information can be found at cdc.gov.)

2- PREPARE your home and family for the virus.

3- CHECK OUT the cdc.gov for daily updates. This is a great source of information! Sign up for daily updates with your email.

As most of you know, empty shelves are growing in the grocery stores and pharmacies. The homes of hand sanitizer, disinfectant sprays, toilet paper, bottled water, and medicines have vacated. Preparing for enough supplies for at least one or two months makes sense. However, pictures of stockpiled supplies for 3-6 months is just plain selfish.

Would you consider providing this one simple act of kindness? When purchasing items for your family grab one or two extras for your elderly neighbor, the person who is homebound, or a family without the means to purchase these items. This simple action will go a long way during this virus crisis and the future.

Since it looks like staying home is a definite I should be able to crank out more posts about chronic pain and all that entails! Again, be safe, take care of each other, and thanks for stopping by!

Writing my next post!

All my best,

Carolyn

03/16/2020