By now we know that practicing social distancing can help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. We know from the stories being shared globally that if you are under the age of 60 and relatively healthy, testing positive for COVID-19 may be an inconvenience that includes symptoms similar to a bad cold. But there are a lot of our neighbors who will struggle significantly if exposed to COVID-19.
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As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, anecdotal stories and experiences begin to emerge. The information overload is unlikely to stop any time soon, so we want to take a moment to remind you about the importance of making sure the information you’re hearing (and sharing) is accurate.
If you’ve been out and about in the community, traffic probably seems a lot lighter. Kids are not waiting at bus stops, the line at your favorite coffee spot is much shorter. This week Governor Stitt ordered all non-essential businesses be closed in Oklahoma counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases for the next 21 days.
You may be asking yourself, what now? How do I manage my day-to-day with these types of closures? What exactly can I expect?
Here are a few tips to help you navigate these changes:
Did you know the Journal Environmental Health reported that only 5% of people wash their hands correctly? If you’re feeling a little grossed out by that, we’d like to help by offering some pro tips to get those hands clean, and keep germs away.
We know that some of our fellow Oklahomans opted to go on previously planned and scheduled spring break trips. For those of you who did travel, it’s likely you have been following the news and know that you may be returning to different guidance for navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.
The increasing spread of COVID-19 across our nation is starting to make even the calmest among us begin to get anxious. It’s easy to wrap ourselves up in our own fears and worries, thinking only as far as those we are immediately responsible for – kids, parents, grandparents, our pets. But this is also an opportunity for us to begin to think about our communities.
This doesn’t mean the zip code our mail is delivered to. It’s the cul-de-sac, block, apartment complex or other housing community we may call home. Have you met your neighbors? Do you know their names or struggles?
You don’t have to scroll very far through social media to find a funny or sarcastic meme about the challenges of parents working from home and trying to keep kids entertained/educated/fed/healthy.
So you made the decision to follow guidance and voluntarily self-quarantine or minimize your movements for the next 14 days.
First, thank you for making that choice to help protect our most vulnerable neighbors, family and friends. We fully recognize the inconvenience this will pose, and the impact it may have on you financially. We understand it is a sacrifice for the greater good, and we truly appreciate you for doing the right thing for our community as a whole.
If you’re experiencing mild symptoms that feel like a typical common cold, or you don’t even have symptoms at all, it’s probably hard to understand the importance of staying home. We understand and want to stress that this is not about YOU.
It is about your grandparents.
It is about your aunt with high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes.
It is about the volunteers in the nursery at your place of worship.
It is about the hourly workers still making your coffee.
It is about the healthcare workers who continue to put themselves in harm’s way.