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5/2/20 1:33 P

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Thank you. I don't open my apartment door to the outside world until my mask is on!

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5/1/20 9:05 P

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Kathryn, many thanks. You are quite right. We should ALL be wearing masks. I really think the only reason they told us that we didn't need masks at first is because they knew there weren't enough masks for even the medical personnel. Thank goodness people started sewing them, as we all need them.

Thanks again.

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Update 5/1 you may not even know you have the virus at first and go around spreading it if you dont have a mask on. Everyone is to wear a mask when out for your safety and the safety of others. You can make one with a kerchief and two hair ties that might save someone life!!!!!

Kathryn, Sacramento, CA Pacific time, I am doing the best I can that will have to be enough






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3/10/20 9:24 A

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Thanks Nancy. Yes, that is one difference between China and the USA. In China, Gina is Required by Law to wear a mask even though she is well. Here, the authorities only want us to wear a mask if we are sick.



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Another thing worth noting is that masks won't help the healthy- They are only good for the sick to wear to help with spreading. I have friends who need masks for their jobs and can't find them in stores because people who aren't sick are hoarding them.

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3/7/20 10:01 A

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Thanks for reading Gina's suggestions all. She shared this on the General Chat thread, but I thought the suggestions were so timely and uplifting that I wanted to share here. I agree we shouldn't panic, just as she said. I especially loved her suggestions on coping and staying healthy and positive.

I think she's so kind to think of us and put together this list of tips. She is a teacher working and living long-term in China and has been confined to her 800 sq. ft. apartment, except for very brief trips for food, for 45 days now and this will continue until April (or who knows how long?). She has been cut off from family, friends, and colleagues except for virtual contact, but has kept her positive spirit in an extremely challenging time. As someone who is "on the ground" in the first and biggest COVID-19 hotspot, I value her input so much.

I hope and pray that the Coronavirus does not to do the USA what it has done to China, but the health experts said just this week that it is deadlier than the common flu, especially for older folks. Two experts said those over 60 should stay at home as much as possible.

If you see this, Gina, thank you SO very much. I'm extremely grateful for your help, support, and good advice and so are the folks on the other team I shared this with.

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Very good, common sense suggestions. Thank you!

It's going to sound crass, but I have never seen much sense in panicking if something hasn't happened to me yet. Take precautions? Yes. Waste any of today worrying about a disaster that is more likely not to happen than to happen? Why?

The news media is not putting this in perspective- More people die from the flu each year than have from this virus. We need to vigilant all the time for all mysterious bugs that come our way.

And we need to enjoy our lives in the meantime.

Keep calm and carry on!

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3/7/20 5:38 A

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emoticon very much!! emoticon with it all except for the statement about masks, which should only be worn by a person who is sick, or thinks she might have been in contact with the virus. The rest is emoticon

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3/6/20 3:41 P

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After reading in the news that the COVID-19 is spreading globally I thought to share a few tips that have gone such a long way here to keep people safe. They are simple practical common sense measures, not expensive to implement, but they go a long way in stopping the virus in it's tracks.

1. Don't panic: The news media always plays up the worst because that is what sells. Instead, educate yourself about how to keep safe and prevent getting sick.

2. Wash hands: The most effective way to prevent getting sick is to wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap. It is the number one thing to do. Washing hands before touching your face, mouth, eyes is the way to stop the spread..Wash your hands after coming in from outside, after coughing and sneezing, after handling objects other touch.

3. Alcohol hand sanitizer: If you are out and cannot wash your hands, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer to disinfect your hands. Be liberal with it for good protection.

4. Keep away from crowds: Masks are good, but if you are out in public stay 4 or 5 feet apart from others. Avoid crowded places.

5. Get good sleep. Sleep is great for boosting your immune system.

6. Eat lots of healthy vegetables and fruits which also help build immunity.

7. Exercise. Maybe not at the gym where others touch equipment, but at home or in the fresh air. Staying fit helps protect you from getting sick.

8. Stay positive. Don't dwell on what you can't do during a time you have to stay inside more. Find things to occupy your time. Chat with friends online or on the phone, learn to use new computer programs, learn to play an instrument, read, start a handyman project or home craft. There are all sorts of interesting worthwhile things to do.

9. Don't binge eat. The answer is not in the fridge, never was and never will be. Allow yourself some special measured treats. Try to limit excess.

10. Stay connected with others you care about: Even if you can't meet in person, stay close to others through social media, phone, snail mail, whatever. Humans thrive on connection and when things seem scary, we need each other more than ever.

11. Laugh! This is the time to watch funny movies, TV series, funny books and stories. Find things to make you laugh until you cry. Laughter helps relieve stress and boost the immune system.

12. If you have a bad day, realize that everyone does sometimes. Don't beat yourself up. These are stressful times, and we are only human. Remember though, that the sun will come out again soon. We will get through this and be stronger because of it all.

13. Prepare. You don't need to hoard, but try to use common sense and have things on hand that may become difficult to get later. This includes some masks, hand sanitizer, and alcohol to disinfect door knobs, key boards, light switches and parcels. Try to have some canned or frozen foods or dry goods, on hand, as well as pet food, and toilet paper, and a basic first aid kit. These things are good to have on hand at any time.

14. Give yourself a pat on the back! You have the courage to get through tough times, and come out better for it.

Hope these suggestions help. You always feel better knowing you have done what you can to stay healthy.

(Gina)

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