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For the past few weeks, we’ve provided Fact or Fiction – COVID-19, a daily blog message to provide information and resources surrounding COVID-19. We now have a new name and a broader focus on being healthy, during this time of COVID-19 and beyond.
To kick off Healthy Oklahoma, we’re starting with the topic of nutrition and have a healthy tip for you regarding meal time.
Common surgical facemasks are not designed to block all viral particles – the little droplets that are expelled into the air when you cough or sneeze while sick. These types of masks do not create a seal around your nose and mouth and therefore are not the most effective method for keeping germs out. They can provide some protection from catching COVID-19. They are also a very effective way to reduce the spread of viral particles.
We know hand sanitizer is hard to come by these days, and there are lots of home remedies floating around the internet. Everyone’s sister’s, neighbor’s, uncle’s friend has a surefire recipe that will work just as good or better than the stuff at the store. Except it won’t.
In the news we hear a lot about predictive modeling and data that epidemiologists are using to predict the impact of COVID-19. It’s a challenge for our health care system to plan for the demand that will be placed on our hospitals, health care workers, and the many health resources we will need in the coming weeks and months.
For 1 in 6 Oklahomans, knowing where their next meal is coming from is a challenge outside of a crisis. As COVID-19 continues to present new challenges for our community, food security is finding its way to the top.
If you are struggling to meet your individual or family nutritional needs, systems have been set up to give you some relief from the worry and stress that accompanies hunger. Here are a few resources to get you started:
We are so excited to see all the creative ways Oklahomans are demonstrating community while still observing social distance guidance. Social media feeds are full of groups of communities coming together to share messages of support.
Depending on who lives in your household, you may be encountering many more questions than you feel prepared to answer. We know this is a dynamic situation and want to provide you with some tips, tools and resources that can help you navigate questions on COVID-19.
Oklahomans are doing a great job implementing social distancing recommendations and observing guidance from state and local authorities, and while that means we are staying home and limiting our exposure to others, we still have essential needs that must be met. To meet those needs, Oklahomans still need to go to the grocery store to pick up bread and milk and eggs. We still have to put gas in the car. For others, delivery services have been critical – bringing food, toilet paper, and other items straight to our doors.