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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Notations From the Grid (Special W-End Edition): On the #CoronaVirus Watch

Seven Steps to Prevent The Spread of the Virus:

The Corona Virus Pandemic is now World Wide.   France has a partial shutdown, Spain has shut down and the United States has been dealing with the pandemic.    As we know #WeWillGetThroughThisTogether, we hereby note this guidance as our team will continue to monitor all developments: 

Here's the latest news:

Our take on the latest developments

Store shelves are empty of everything from hand sanitizer to toilet paper. Drive-through testing sites for the novel coronavirus that’s starting to surge across the U.S. are so overwhelmed they are putting limits on the pop-up facilities. And you’ve got a tickle in the back of your throat. What to do?
First: a deep breath. It’s still flu season in the U.S., and viruses that cause colds and other respiratory illnesses circle year round. Most important is knowing how great a risk the virus is to you, and how much of a risk you are to others.
For most Americans, thinking about the virus that causes Covid-19 requires a mental shift. Infectious-disease experts no longer think Americans might be able to dodge this bullet. Instead, expect that you or your family may get it. As many as 60% of the population will. The goal is to delay it for as long as possible, so the health-care system won’t be overwhelmed with an initial rush of patients.
If you are older, have other medical conditions or have been around someone who’s been diagnosed with Covid-19 or traveled to countries where it is widespread, immediate testing is in order. Many states have numbers to call for advice. 
For younger, healthier patients who don’t have any clear risk factors, a test may be unnecessary. A diagnosis of Covid-19 doesn’t change your care. Just like with a cold, there’s no way to beat it other than time, rest and perhaps some chicken soup.
But there are some things you can do. Now, more than ever, is the time to take care of yourself and your community. Eat right, exercise and make choices that make you stronger, so if the virus hits you’ll be able to withstand it. If you’re feeling unwell, stay home. If there’s even a remote chance you might be infected, avoid community activities or interaction with older people.
Those same folks might benefit from your attention, though, if at a distance. Ask your elderly neighbors if they need anything from the grocery store, and drop it off at their door. They can thank you later.
The best way to protect yourself as the outbreak rages is to wash your hands, don’t touch your face and keep a healthy distance between yourself and everyone else. The virus is like the baton in a relay race – albeit one that’s six feet long. If it can’t get from one runner to the next, it’s out. That would be a win for everyone.--Michelle Fay Cortez

Track the virus

Photographer: Bloomberg Graphics
Photographer: Bloomberg Graphics

Mapping the Outbreak Around the World

See the latest counts globally, and track Covid-19's spread in the U.S.

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