Here’s what YOU can do to fight COVID-19.
- KEEP YOUR DISTANCE OR STAY HOME! If you cannot stay home, keep at least 6 feet away from others even when everyone present is wearing a mask. Farther apart is safer. If you must be inside a workplace, store, or other place, watch others carefully and if they come close, move away! Insist (politely) that others stay away from you. Stay home if you can. It is the safest place for you. Not only does this protect you, it reduces the chance you’ll give virus to your loved ones. By staying home, you also lessen the work burden on traffic enforcement personnel, and other public safety, fire, and rescue personnel. That helps those folks to shift over into pandemic-related duties.
- Wear a mask! Even if you don’t have COVID-19, wearing a face mask is a sign to others that you are in this fight and that you will do your part to keep them safe.
- Wash Your Hands! Use ordinary plain soap (not antibacterial soap). It is the best way to get rid of viruses that you might have picked up. 20 seconds of washing with soap and water beats every other method by a long-shot. “That’s because when you wash your hands with soap and water, you’re not just wiping viruses off your hands and sending them down the drain. You’re actually annihilating the viruses, rendering them harmless.”
- Don’t Trust Hand Sanitizers! Hand sanitizers should be considered an emergency, better-than-nothing cleanser. Using a properly manufactured hand sanitizer that is 75-80% alcohol is a very distant second to washing your hands with soap and water. In fact 75-80% concentrations are the only formulations that have been scientifically proven to work against coronavirus. So, first, you must find such a 75-80% formulation since it is not usually found in products available in stores or online. IF you find some, you must use LOTS of it, and it must remain in direct contact with any viruses on your skin for a minimum of 30 seconds. Minimum! Such prolonged contact with your skin makes sanitizers potentially harmful to your skin and body. Do Not Use Hand Sanitizer Frequently! Or else you might subject yourself to chemical burns or other injuries to your skin.
- Donate to nonprofits helping to respond to COVID-19. (https://www.fidelitycharitable.org/guidance/disaster-relief/how-to-help-novel-coronavirus/supporting-medical-needs.html). Many people are out of work or are earning much less. They need help and there are nonprofits nearby who are trying to help even though their resources are dwindling.
- Donate Lending Funds via Kiva’s Global COVID-19 Response Movement. (https://www.kiva.org/covid19response?utm_source=&utm_medium=&utm_campaign=COVID_global)
- Volunteer for organizations that are providing critical services in your community.
- Use your Special Skill at Crowdfight COVID-19.
- Speak Up! Be an advocate for the individuals and organizations that need your help.
- Be a Sensitive, Responsible, and Caring Adult. Someone might be looking to you as an example or role model.
- Watch out for scams! Warn others about them! Report them!
- Give your extra masks to local hospitals.
- Make Masks! See THIS GUIDE and THIS RESOURCE.
- Use Delivery Services instead of going out.
- Let Your Idle Computer Help Find a Vaccine and a Cure at Folding@home.
- Buy a Gift Card from your favorite local store or restaurant. Then tear it up.
- Keep On Teaching. Here are two examples of many resources designed to help you: Teach from Home, and YouTube Learning. Contact your child’s school (if they have not yet contacted you) about online classes and programs provided by your child’s teachers.
- Use the Internet, social media, and email to stay in touch with and encourage friends and relatives. Help them find the resources they need in order to remain safe and at home.
- Order Ahead for Pickup Service when grocery shopping. Grocery workers will bring your order to your car. DO NOT enter the store, unless absolutely necessary!!
- Anticipate Shortages Well Ahead so that you can stock up in a relaxed and thoughtful manner. Buy only what you need. Buy only the amount that you need. Buy only for yourself and for those you are responsible for.
- SPREAD THE WORD!! Share this info!
(As I learn more, I’ll add more suggestions.)