You really don’t need to check the CDC’s website again. You probably do need a break, though.
No Non-cents Nanna has been preaching about teaching children good handwashing since I started this blog. The BEST thing to do is to lather up with soap and water scrubbing vigorously under warm running water for a good 20 seconds. Keep reading and scrolling for updates on current recommendations for self-care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
But, be careful not to rub all the skin off. Consider adding a hand moisturizer.
Does everyone need a hand sanitizer?
No, not necessarily. -The fact is :
Washing our hands in the sink with soap and water is proven to far better than Hand Sanitizer- which can give a false sense of security.
- We MUST ALL wash our hands well and sanitize all surfaces.
The preferred and most effective of hand cleansing is to use soap and warm running water scrubbing vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds.
If you are not using hand sanitizer correctly you may be simply smearing around junk on your hands with a false sense of security. If you wash you hand well scrubbing vigorously under warm running water- when you should, the germs go down the drain rather than getting spread around. hand sanitizer does NOT kill every bug. See below.
Keep reading for information you can use on basic germ spreading prevention and infection control for your family.
(If you want to skip the middle of this post you can scroll to the bottom for some more surprising facts or fiction about hand sanitizers.)
Getting Groceries in the Home is Essential
Correction: Rinse fruits and vegetables with water – no soap. Correction: NIH Data – COVID-19 lives on cardboard for 1 day.
Clarification: Perishable foods like meat should be brought in the home and refrigerated. Clarification: Only disinfect the outside packaging. Note: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-… for info on disinfectants, etc. SUBTITLES: English, Spanish, Italian, Hindi, German, Portuguese, Turkish, Arabic, Japanese & French. Click CC & Settings bottom right.
As of posting date (March 24, 2020), this is the most current video for New CDC data, safe takeout food practices, and an updated practice for safe grocery shopping/handling.
Note: I posted more grocery shopping tips on the day this post was published. Watch for We Have to Eat ( below) for more shopping tips- the video above is the most up to date.
Oh heck: Hire a professional shopper and delivery person!
Use a plastic debit/credit card instead of cash. Gross!
“As part of a 2017 study published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE, researchers swabbed $1 bills from a bank in New York City and found hundreds of species of microorganisms, including bacteria, microbes from mouths, and DNA from pets and viruses. ” https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/2020/04/03/safe-go-grocery-store-shopping-tips-amid-coronavirus/5103977002
I personally had my shopping service account set up since August- and I was not even psychic- I’m too old to walk groceries a mile home.
Many traditions of American life are changing daily, with the nation’s most iconic retailers – including Walmart, Target, Costco and Home Depot – invoking new rules about how many people can be allowed inside stores. Some won’t allow kids. Others require face masks.
Businesses remain closed as the coronavirus spreads and more states issue stay-at-home orders in which residents are ordered to shelter in place except in limited circumstances.
One of those exceptions is going to the grocery store. Many supermarkets have implemented new store hours to cater to the most vulnerable and have taken extra precautions to reduce the risk of transmission.
What About Face Masks?
I currently live in Iowa. However, I have lived in Colorado where I have concerns about my friends. The governor of Colorado gave an excellent speech today that encourages Colorado residents to wear cloth masks when going out on essential trips.
Infectious disease expert, Shannon Kasperbauer, MD, explains the difference between a disposable surgical mask and the N95 mask. Find out which mask is for health care workers and when you need to wear a facemask.
Allergies, Cold, Flu or COVID-19 Virus?
Here’s now to tell the difference between allergy symptoms and the novel 2019 Coronavirus.
No Non-cents Nanna will send to to the experts: National Jewish Hospital in Denver has an informative graphis. Click on the link to see- then share directly from that website.
Clean handheld devices well.
Thepandemic changed … the world.
People are washing their hands, cleaning their smartphones and keyboards, realizing just how much they touch their faces…
… we touch a lot of stuff going about our day-to-day lives, and if coronavirus can indeed remain active in the air for hours, and on surfaces for days, we should be wiping and disinfecting things we touch more.
Here’s a list … not comprehensive list…things that other might touch… eat and drink with.
- Door handles (the worst, by far)
- Other peripherals
- Charging cables
- Mugs (and cutlery)
- Pens (good reason to stop chewing them)
- Glasses (prescription and sun)
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Now with the Covid-19 pandemic declared people are running to the store to find that hand sanitizer has sold out along with all the toilet paper.
update 3/31/2020 Self-care
Now that we have learned to wash our hands…Let’s work on our relationships.
I apologize, this blog post needs re-organizing with so many updates. it is work in progress as we move forward.
Have you ever heard the “Joke”, Question: “What is a ‘normal family?’ The answer, “One that has not been diagnosed, yet.”
With the “new normal” the only therapy we will be getting is “virtual therapy”. However, we CAN start exploring new habits and new ways of relating to one another. We ALL have time on our hands, anyway, right?
The New normal is now social-distancing. For those families who have school age children you have now become their Stay-Home-From-School Home-school teacher.
Here is another No Non-cents Nanna blog that may overwhelm you with resoruces. it is a work in progress. I add and update often.
10 Ways to Build Relationships with KidsRelationship building is the single most important way you can impact a child’s life. So often, kids actually can’t learn from someone they can’t connect with.1. Talk to them about non-school related subjects.2. Let them teach you about their interests.…there are 8 more relationship building ideas to inspire you- click HERE to learn more…. https://www.thepathway2success.com/10-ways-to-build-relationships-with-kids/
How to Build a Strong Relationship With Your Older ChildAre you looking for some new ideas on how you can build a strong relationship with your older child? Here are 10 great tips that will give you some ideas!Teens need some extra special care at times, and they also need a lot of extra understanding. …unique needs of teens in What Your Teen Really Needs From You. You can also find some information specific to teen girls in 4 Things You Must Know as the Mom of a Teen Girl and 4 Things You Must Do as the Mom of a Teen Girl. Teen boys get their turn in 10 Things Your Growing Son Needs From His Mom and 15 Dates to Take With Your Older Son.
FREE list of over 100 questions to help build positive relationships and integrate social emotional learning into the classroom! Use this list to help students build relationships with adults and with…More…
- What three words best describe you?
- What things would a good friend say about you?
- Where did you grow up? Tell me about it.
- When was a time you were really proud of yourself?
- If you could create an after school club, what would it be and why?
- If you made a soundtrack to your life, what songs would be on it?
update 3/31/2020 Self-care
…includes questions to ask before giving up. It’s a simple one-page checklist to remind you of some practical feel-better strategies that you can use right now.
💩 you feel like shit 💩 – a self care game –
This game guides you through a series of questions that help you practice self care.
Fact or Fiction?
Beware of HOAXES for cures or claims to prevent COVID-19
...and unsolisted advice by well meaning people about what foods, herbs, viatmins or oils will “cure” baceria and viruses. They do NOT know what will affect COVID-19. Many of those home-remidis may very well treat symptoms-but not the spread of the disease. (It is too early to have even tested on patients who have confirmed COVID-19.
Are you grasping my words, here?
I have also gleaned from credible sources ideas for all of us to calmly cope with grace and confidence during this phase to control the outbreak of this new virus.
What good habits can we establish in our family that will last a lifetime, anyway that we can learn during this time of anxiety?
Have you seen the viral post about gargeling with vinegar or salt water? Did you get excited and shared it with everyone?
Well, it is BOGUS!
Do NOT share the graphic the quote below talks about.
A graphic has been shared thousands of times on Facebook which claims that gargling warm water with salt or vinegar can eliminate the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
The claim is false; international health authorities and experts do not list gargling as an effective remedy or prevention method for COVID-19.
The claim was published in this Facebook post on March 14, 2020.
Note: No Non-cents Nanna did not share this post. The clickable “this” in the quote will show you who psoted it on Facebook it is permantely recorded.
The post features a graphic image and texts that reads: “Corona virus before it reaches the lungs it remains in the throat for four days and at this time the person begins to cough and have throat pains.
If he drinks water a lot and gargling with warm water & salt or vinegar eliminates the virus. Spread this information because you can save someone with this information.”
I advise you to not share ANY posts or TWEETS that offer some kind of treament or preventative. It is not our job are regular people to prescribe or that anyone ever.
OK, if you are a mom, please do offer chicken soup or tell your kids to gargle and brush their teeth kind of thing. ue good judgment with supportive measure slike your mama used.
Like”if you friends were all planning on jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge” do not do it. Just because a post is viral does no mean it is true and safe.
“This story is part of Science Friday’s coverage on the novel coronavirus, the agent of the disease COVID-19. Listen to experts discuss the spread, outbreak response, and treatment.
For more fact-checking, we’ve created a handy guide with health safety tips from scientists and health experts we’ve interviewed. They’ve answered your frequently asked questions about hand washing, protective masks, hand sanitizer, vaccine development, and more.
See Fast-Checking Your Coronavirus News Feed –below
United States Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tracker
The first and most valuable thing I learned in nurses’ training was this: the body’s first line of defense against infection is intact skin and mucous membrane.
- There is no need to panic about not having hand sanitizer in the house when the kids are safely tucked in your home with running water and a bar of hand soap. Consider using moisturizing to prevent drying out your skin.
- Focus on Self-Care rather than Health Scare.
- Teach children to deal with natural anxiety by giving healthy facts. Focus on what you CAN do such as good hand washing.
- Sit down with your family to discuss, “What can you control?” I’ll have suggestions below to get your family discussion started.
- Make handwashing a healthy habit at home, school, and at play! What better time to grow healthy habits.
- Sanitizing the home should be a priority on a regular basis. We CAN start a few new healthy habits.
The poster image is the courtesy of the CDC who wants us all to share on hand washing. To download posters like this Go to
Coping With Anxiety
Are we overwhelmed, yet, with routines turns up -sdie down; where we can and can not go; when to wash our hands and can we find toilet paper on the shelvves?
Unrolling the last roll of toielt paper in the house is enough to give me anxiety. having ample TP is at the top of my gratitude list. And yours?
9 Resources for Coping with Coronavirus Anxiety
It’s OK if you’re feeling anxious
…There’s nothing wrong with you for feeling anxious right now.
Ignoring the stress or judging yourself for feeling it is tempting, but it probably won’t help in the end.
Acknowledging your feelings — even if they’re scary — can help you cope in a healthy way.
…You’re not the only one who’s freaking out. The news is legitimately frightening, and fear is a normal, natural response.
Example:2. Take a virtual hike through a national park
“A journey to places most people never go.”Doesn’t that sound perfect at a time like this? It’s from the tagline for The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks, an interactive documentary and exhibit from Google Arts & Culture.
Keep It Clean
Coronavirus: Sanitizing, According To Science
“It’s a ‘fatty’ thing…”
28:16 minutesPalli Thordarson@PalliThordarson
28/39 Soapy water is totally different. Soap contains fat-like substances knowns as amphiphiles, some structurally very similar to the lipids in the virus membrane.
The soap molecules “compete” with the lipids in the virus membrane.
- View a map of the current confirmed cases of COVID-19, via the New York Times.
- Read about the challenges U.S. hospitals are facing, via Science Magazine.
- Learn about the lifespan of COVID-19 on surfaces, via Buzzfeed News.
- Check out this list of chemicals you can use to disinfect surfaces for coronavirus.
- If you’re a journalist, here are some tips about covering the coronavirus, via First Draft News.
No Non-cents Nanna says, “Your own home does not need to follow Healthcare Facility guidelines (see below to compare) unless you are caring for an ill family member. So relax.
- Limit watching the news. Read instead some positive information about how you can control your own life.
- Pay attention to your family’s priorities. Call a family meeting to determine what is a priority about caring for our selves day-to-day. See below.
- Staying level headed demonstrates calm coping skills for our children.
The poster image is the courtesy of the CDC who wants us all to share on hand washing. To download posters like this Go to https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/campaign.html
Hand Washing with Soap and Water is CHEAP and Effective
Help your child develop handwashing skills
- Parents and caretakers play an important role in teaching children to wash their hands.
- Handwashing …start teaching it at an early age.
- Teach kids the five easy steps for handwashing—wet, lather, scrub, rinse and dry
- key times to wash hands, such as after using the bathroom or before eating.
- …make it fun:… handwashing song or turning it into a game.
Give frequent reminders
- Building handwashing skills takes time.
- Using the bathroom, before eating, after touching pets, after playing outside, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing their nose.
- …handwashing becomes a habit
Lead by example by washing your hands
- Young children learn by imitating the behaviors of adults
- setting an example for your children to follow.
Dad, when you use the restroom have you demonstrated appropriate hand washing to your sons?
To download posters like this Go to https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/campaign.html
- ...educate your self /family on when, how and why-wash out hands on a regular basis not only in a health crisis.
- If you are reading this No Non-cents Nanna blog I tagged it well enough for you to find in a google search. I hope you will find this post to be a positively calming, quick and easy way to get healthy facts and practical ways for your family’s needs every day and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
My point is that there will be so many bloggers, entrepreneurs, price gougers vying for your attention. Sure, I want you to read my blog and social share.
- Not all information that you read or hear online or in the gossip corner will be accurate in your family’s best interest.
- No Non-cents Nanna chose to share short quotes and link all in one place to the CDC website for the most accurate information that will be consistent with current recommendations to get your family’s self-care discussion started.
The CDC Recommends…
These print-ready materials can be downloaded, printed, and distributed to help raise awareness about handwashing in public areas, such as public restrooms, kitchen and workplaces. To order FREE printed copies of selected publications, you can visit CDC-INFO On Demand.
State, tribal, local, and territorial partners can access co-brandable versions of campaign posters in the Communication Resource Center of CDC’s State Tribal, Local, and Territorial (STLT) Collaboration Space. In the Communication Resource Center, click on “CDC Communications,” then click on “Customizable Communication Products.” Co-brandable Life is Better with Clean Hands posters are in the “Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases” folder.
Healthcare facilities should:
- Require healthcare personnel to perform hand hygiene in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations
- Ensure that healthcare personnel perform hand hygiene with soap and water when hands are visibly soiled
- Ensure that supplies necessary for adherence to hand hygiene are readily accessible in all areas where patient care is being delivered
Unless hands are visibly soiled, an alcohol-based hand rub is preferred over soap and water in most clinical situations due to evidence of better compliance compared to soap and water. Hand rubs are generally less irritating to hands and, in the absence of a sink, are an effective method of cleaning hands. https://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene/providers/guideline.html
Where is the Hand-Sanitzer?
What can we do at school or when shopping?
I think people are not going to out and about shopping except at the grocery store or drug store that sells other convenient basics. many events have been canceled or postponed. Some schools have extended Spring break and or are going to virtual classes instead of face to face in large classrooms to prevent any possible spread of COVID-19. This helps slow down the Flu bug, too. CDC calls this “delay phase”.
Be sure to wipe those cart handles.
Keep in mind the economy will be affected by all the closures. So, budget wisely.
For Every Action There Will be Consequences
…we as parennts want to give our kids the freedom to make their own choices. in increasing amounts.
…learning their choices will always have consequences, and that these consequences aren’t always good. … a lesson that we all have to learn one way or the other. …it better that our kids learn this under the protection of our umbrella when the consequences are smaller?!
Ideally, we as people would always receive consequences that are appropriate to our behavior, however, this is not always the case.
Sometimes we are mistreated, misinterpreted, taken advantage of, or wrongfully punished. …kids are learning valuable lessons. Even in these situations, our kids will be behaviorally responding…option of choosing good behavior or bad.
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Fighting Products
To effectively disinfect use EFA recommended products: click on th link in side the quote below for a 7 page list of EPA registered cleaning products.
American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC) has compiled a list of products that have been pre-approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) for use against emerging enveloped viral pathogens and can be used during the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
- This product list is not exhaustive but can be used by
business owners, health professionals, and the public to identify products suitable for use during the COVID-19.
- The information in this document is being provided as a public service. All efforts have been made to ensure the information is accurate, but ACC and CBC make no representations or
warranties as to the completeness or accuracy of the information. ACC, CBC, and the product manufacturers listed in this document reserve the right to change, delete, or otherwise
modify the information without any prior notice. Persons receiving this information must make their own determination as to a product’s suitability prior to use based on the product
- ACC and CBC do not guarantee or warrant the standard of any product referenced or imply approval of the product to the exclusion of others that may be available.
- All products listed are registered for labeled uses in accordance with federal laws and regulations as of the date this document is being made available. State regulations may vary.
- In no event will ACC or CBC be responsible for damages…from the use of or reliance upon products to which the information refers.
Note: This is a 17 page pdf document.
Note: The CBC cannot make a determination of the effectiveness of a product in fighting pathogens like COVID-19.
- For questions related to the effectiveness of any product not listed
below, please contact the manufacturer directly.
- For use of the product, please contact the company/distributor …
- With so many abrupt changes in schedules during this COVID-19 Health Scare, we CAN focus on Self-Care with our children.
- After 911 Mr. Rogers so gently reminded parents to tell their children that they will be here to help them.
Also, Mr Roger’s mother had said, “look for a helper.”
- We CAN talk about how people help us and how we CAN help each other.
We have to Eat.
How to Protect Yourself From Coronavirus When Grocery Shopping
Here are precautions to take whether you shop in-store or online
By Tobie Stanger
“…older people/underlying health conditions—the group that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends stay home using a grocery delivery service…”
Wash nonporous containers. Simple rubbing with soap and water can kill the coronavirus because it tears apart its outer barrier.
- …use dish soap on plastic, glass, and metal before putting them away. If that’s not practical, wash your hands well after putting away all packaging, including paper boxes and bags.
- “It all comes down to hand hygiene,”
- …wash your hands after opening the containers and using their contents.
“But if you use a pasta box a few days after you get it, there is little likelihood that the virus could still be live on the box and cause an infection,” says Eike Steinmann, a virologist at Ruhr-Universitat Bochum in Germany who has studied how long viruses live on different surfaces.
Please click HERE to read the full article.https://www.consumerreports.org/food-shopping/how-to-protect-yourself-from-coronavirus-when-grocery-shopping/?fbclid=IwAR2XM_ySu02-i4buu-sQqGdusMxmUDRbeWF_mKVQiUkruubN5qFC3sJUQSE
The suggested precautions in the above article are really something we should do every time we bring groceries into the house.
Have your ever thought about what bugs or rodents might be crawling and pooping and peeing on those cans of foods in the warehouse or backroom?
Washing off your canned goods before storing them could help reduce bring bugs in the house.- just saying…it is past time we clean up our act anyway, don’t you think?
Are you grossed out, yet?
What if soap and water aren’t available?
Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol
- …wash your hands with soap and water as soon as you can.
- Baby wipes may make your hands look clean
- …but they’re not designed to remove germs from your hands.
- CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water when possible.
This week I had a lot of errands for my disabled adult son.
One of those errands involved going to a major University Hospital to pick-up supplies. I have a respiratory diagnosis and am 69 years old. This makes me more at risk to get Influenza A ( which has been going around the community) COVID-19, or even a cold (which I rarely get a simple cold in decades.)
Health care facilities are breeding grounds for germs anyway.
Limiting visitors may seem cruel, but, folks it has to be done for good infection control- period. The staff will do the best they can- but, OMG! not everyone who walks in the door for treatment using good infection control practices. Now it the time to learn to do much better.
- I took the visit in stride tho’ it was an ordeal going through screening and limited access.
- I learned if you have to go out to a hospital or clinic to allow an extra 30 minutes IF you have no choice but to go. Visitors are being limited in medical facilities. Elective surgeries are being postponed to make sure there is enough beds in case of a sudden rush of critically ill patients.
- I wore and changed non-latex medical gloves because I had to push the elevator buttons. Plus it reminded me to NOT touch my face.
- I took a bottle of Gatorade to drink.
- I stayed pleasant as I could even tho’ I had to take a long way around., asking for help when I needed it since I had to reroute through a new maze in the large facility.
Will we be changing the way we shop out of fear or convenience?
Personally, I gave up driving due to vision issues. This is not convenient at times. I have to order rides and wait instead of jumping into a car, getting there and getting back home quickly to carry sacks of food.
Fortunately, I live within walking distance to a grocery store and three pharmacies.
To save time, energy and stick to a budget I shop once a month and have my groceries delivered to my door.
- I can also pay extra to have a store employee shop for me.
Why do I do this?
- I can’t carry a month’s worth of food home on my walker -that simple. I shop HyVEE in Iowa paying $10 for someone to drive to our apartment and carry the load to my door.
I take some planning but boy do I save money.
- For milk, I buy powdered milk.
- I freeze bread.
- I eat up fresh fruits and veggies right away then use canned or frozen fruits veggies and meat.
My HyVee keeps my groceries in the cooler just before they load the van to deliver – an important consideration when having groceries delivered.
If you do not do this already-start the habit now!
- WASH off your cans, plastic and glass containers before putting them away.
- Then WASH your hands well.
Get your children involved in making the grocery lists focusing on the most healthy foods.
- Reduce junk -food-that will save your bundle!
- Good choices in our diet will boost our immune systems and we will, in general, feel better when we make good choices with the food we eat.
- Consider making homemade sweets instead of all packed and prepared. We love smoothies with fruit and healthy greens at our house.
Grocery Delivery Services: Can You Trust a Stranger to Shop for Your Food?
If you will continue to go grocery shopping yourself- think about elderly neighbors or a busy single parent who may be too afraid to go shop. Why not get their grocery list and cash then shop for them as a good neighbor?
Grocery stores are providing more disinfectant wipes for your carts.; closing self serve buffets/ salad bars; and no longer allow the use of refill cups. YAY!
As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread throughout the globe, older Americans are . This poses a conundrum: Do they avoid crowded grocery stores or do they stock up on food?
One elderly couple from Oregon had recently driven to a Safeway in Bend, Oregon, but they were too scared to get out of their car.
Many of us shop online from Amazon or eBay.
Please concider continued support to you local MOM & POP Shops.
Heads-up: shopping for school clothes and supplies could be affected by the COVId-19 pandemic. ( See quote below.)
As an is an Example: Tantrums Resale
I have a good friend in Colorado Springs who own Tantrums Resale.
Check it out. She will ship to you. Go to Tanturum’s Resale Facebook page for your convenience. https://www.facebook.com/tantrumsresale/
Consider virtual shopping at your local retails shops. Call them up to see if they will send you pictures and mail to you.
The entire country of Italy is on lock-down. Look what people in communities are doing to keep their spirits up.
Isn’t this precious? Click the link in the quote to see what the Italians are doing…
Music, dancing and balcony singalongs — Watch how Italians cheer each other up as they remain locked at home due to the spread of the coronavirus. https://cbsn.ws/2QgWL
What can we do with the children at home? Prevent Boredom- have fun learning something new.
61 PLUS FUN ACTIVITIES FOR BORED TEENS
Boredom busters for teenagers. These awesome activities will give your teen things to do alone or with a group of friends. Get tips to help your teens make a bucket list to keep them busy winter…
- A bored teen can be a dangerous thing. Bored teens need fun activities to keep them out of trouble.
- There are so many ways a bored teenager can go wrong. They can spend endless hours in front of a T.V., computer, or phone screen vegging out.
25 Easy & Affordable Boredom BustersDon’t let kids’ activities overwhelm you or break the bank! Try these ideas from your local dollar store!
29 Boredom Busters Your Kids Will Actually LoveBecause you refuse to hear the b-word.
17 Boredom Busters for Kids17 Boredom Busters your kids will love. Fun boredom buster ideas for kids and tweens. Great DIY craft ideas and more…
How can you get your family involved in sanitizing your home?
- One of my all-time favorite activities during winter break was The Cleaning BLITZ. See below.
- But, first, check out other blog posts that may give an incentive to focus on the prevention of spread disease.
Bathroom Cleaning Checklist for Kids – The Incremental MamaGrab your free printable bathroom cleaning checklists for kids. Plus, a list of cleaning supplies and tips to get your kids pumped to clean!
There are endless benefits to giving your children chores. It builds self-esteem and ultimately, it helps them become more successful adults.
And once they start getting the hang of it, it’ll make your life a whole lot easier. Instead of shouldering all the household chores, suddenly you’ve got a little team of helpers.
The above line had a fabulous list that will help your family. Click the link in the quote to check it out. It does have affiliate links.
How to Get Kids to Clean Up Their Toys With a Family Helper Jar – Organizing Moms
Do you struggle with figuring out how to get kids to clean up their toys? Feeling frustrated by trying to figure out how to organize your home when your family seems to undo all of your hard…More…
Whenever the kids do something to help out the family, they can earn a pom-pom to put in the jar.
Once the jar is full, the kids earn the opportunity to do something fun.
Lovely ideas in Organizing Moms post. Just be sure we have clean hands when we pick up those pm-poms. Remember we are focusing on sanitizing to prevent the spread of germs every day without going nutz.
Age Appropriate Chores for KidsHere’s a list of age appropriate chores to help you know what to expect your kids to be able to do…
Teaching Kids to Clean the Kitchen – a Printable Checklist
Would you like more help from your kids in the kitchen? Use it as a chore training tool or hang it up and let them do the job independently. Our room cleaning checklist for kids was such a big…More…Grab a printable chart.
I love the list on this post. It breaks down cleaning up the kitchen into steps that will help keep your family healthy every day: Taking out the trash and scrubbing out the sink…these are skills for life your child needs to know before they leave your nest.
The No Non-cents Nanna’s Blitz Cleaning Rules
I’m not so sure my children appreciated THe Blitz as much as I did, but…we sure got chores done quickly. I always had some kind of incentive goal. Hopefully, the link above will inspire your family to learn new and improved healthy habits.
- Predetermine a list of what areas of the home will be BLiTZED cleaned and sanitized.
- Have a BLITZ leader control a TIMER. for 10 or 15 minutes or call The Blitz during a commercial on TV.
- Let the kids be in control of who is the 1) leader 2) time-keeper 3) the inspector. Allow them to be creative in their roles. Remember age-appropriate tasks.
- Everyone will know ahead of time what tasks they can do in the area that is age-appropriate.
- The idea is to FOCUS on one task for a short period of time. it is amazing how much can be accomplished as TEAM with concentrated focus.
- Have a fun reward when the timer goes off. ( Cookie, pizza, a new card game, paint fingernails, play music and play FREEZE. (Again, allow the kids to be creative.)
In the kitchen, dirty dishes can be divided up among 3 team members. ( I had 3 children. My daughters each had 3 children. So I think is teams of 3.)
- put away
Have a discussion on where to touch the clean silverware. Consider playing a restaurant. How would the cook and waiters keep their diner safe to eat at?
I wish I had pictures of my kids decades ago playing an Italian restaurant for my Mother’s Day gift. They were hilarious.
How fast and good can you…? and still do it well?
- mop the floor?
- wipe and sanitize the counters?
- clean and sanitize all the knobs and fixtures?
- Wash canned goods before putting away (See below)
No Non-cents Nanna is not real hip on handheld tech devices. I encourage limiting the use of video games.
BTW: all your tech devices need sanitizer regularly anyway. follow the manufacturer’s directions on cleaning your phone, Ipdas and computer keyboards. EWW! Think of the germs!
Note: off-topic of COVID-19 and handwashing versus hand sanitizer.
If you and your children must use a tech device, please keep them germ-free as much as possible.
5 Reasons to Limit Your Child’s Exposure to Tech Gadgets
You can imagine how unpopular Pediatric occupational therapist, Cris Rowan, was when she made a plea for a ban of all handheld devices in children under 12.
…parents angered, but…many health reasons why we should limit how much time our children spend with handheld devices, and in front of the screen.
- Exercise is Needed for Better Brains
- Too Much Radiation
- Toddler’s Development at Risk
- Eye Strain Is More Common
- Poor Posture
Kudos to Back to The Joint Chiropractic – Katy #28013 for this insightful article.
Note: off-topic of COVID-19 and handwashing versus hand sanitizer.
If you and your children must use a tech device, please keep them germ-free as much as possible.
10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12This post was published on the now-closed HuffPost Contributor platform.
- Focusing here on SANITIZING the home IS something we as a family team CAN control.
- Make it a fun family event that is necessary to do anyway.
- Be Goal-Oriented with healthy rewards.
Kids really respond to the When -Then – Discipline.
Examples of non-tech reward goals that encourage learning infection control habits using When-Then-Discipline.
- WHEN you have finished brushing your teeth THEN we can read a bed-time story.
- WHEN the bathroom is sanitized THEN we can take a bubble bath.
- WHEN dishes are all put away THEN we can all make homemade pizzas together so we can dirty more dishes.
- WHEN your hands are washed THEN you can eat your snack.
- WHEN your hands are washed THEN you may play a video game for 15 minutes. Then be sure to wipe down the device as the manufacturer suggests.
- Did you know that most handheld devices if cultured will have…brace yourself…POOP on it.
- Regardless of this current COVID-19 pandemic, it is past time we all got our shit together and get into the habit of proper cleaning, don’t you think.
When you tell this to the kids- “There may be POOP on your Ipad. GROSS!” Then let’s see how fast they BLITZ clean those tech devices.
Jun 14, 2018 · …
- soft, microfiber cloth, not abrasive paper towel …can scratch your screen.
- 70% isopropyl alcohol -good old-fashioned rubbing alcohol.
- Distilled water-leves less mineral deposits/stains than regular tap water.
- small spray bottle or bowl. Cotton …
…carry my cellphone pretty much everywhere. …drop it on the ground, rest it on dirty tables…carry it into the murky depths of public restrooms—only to hold it against my face moments later. Yuck.
A recent study found that television remote controls = filthiest items in hotel rooms.
- Researchers found fecal matter and harmful bacteria on 81% of the samples.
Click the link to read: How to clean your cellphone
The article below gives some popular and reviewed cleaning items to have on hand. No Non-cents Nanna does not necessarily endorse any of these products. I am sharing this link to the article to give you ideas of what to have on hand before there is a run-on cleaning product.OOOPS! Maybe a bit late at the moment.
Are you doing it all wrong?
Be sure to use an EPA approved product. ( See link to 7 page pdf.)
The CDC notes that cleaning simply removes germs, while disinfecting actually kills them.
The right way to disinfect your home
- …choosing a product that you can trust will both clean and disinfect…
- approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)… following the instructions for that specific product (check the back!).
…disinfecting wipes like the ones from Clorox—use enough so that whatever surface you’re cleaning stays wet for the recommended amount of time (3 to 5 minutes if your product doesn’t specify).
… set a timer to monitor your surface after you wipe to ensure that your efforts are actually killing germs instead of just spreading them around.
Please clcik to read this insightful article: https://www.reviewed.com/laundry-cleaning/features/you-might-be-using-cleaning-wipes-wrong-according-to-the-cdc
I encourage you to make your own good choices.
I personally like essential oil products from doTerra as I used to be a consultant writing blog posts on how I used their products. You might prefer another company. I am not paid to state this- it is my own personal choice. I try to avoid using synthetic scents leaning more toward the natural products since my family is hypersensitive to synthetics.
While I lean towards the more natural ( I swear by bleach tho’) I do so with caution on recommendations by a sales representative who has never had chemistry or micro-biology. Point blank, just because a person claims that their products kill germ and virus or cures disease I want documented studies that prove that.
I am Malika Bourne the No Non-cents Nanna encouraging you to make good choices.
Great statemnet in German with English subtitles
BONUS Information Related to COVID-19
…why focus on complicated methods like drinking hot water and gargling with salt water or vinegar…
MUCH EASIER and PROVEN method…WASHING OUR HANDS…is PROVEN METHOD to prevent respiratory diseases like the COVID-19 coronavirus!
If you avoid infecting yourself by washing your hands before touching your nose, mouth and eyes, there is no need to “flush” the virus down or out.
– WASH YOUR HANDS!
COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!
Here are a few simple steps to stay safe from COVID-19 :
Avoid suspected cases or disease hotpots, like hospitals, if possible!
Avoid public events and crowds
Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
Keep our home, office, vehicles, etc. clean
If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
Thoroughly cook your food, and boil water before drinking
Recommend Soap vs Sanitiser : Which Works Better Against COVID-19?
Blame Game: Fact or Fiction?
Let’s just accept the facts, ma’am, without panic. ALL The real facts have not to be determined, yet.
Please when social sharing something state “In my opinion” ( IMO) or quote the source you got it from.
I have been reading some very questionable statements on Facebook. It is not Facebook fault that people share bad advice or fake news. They are however tagging the post as Fake News.
Good for Mark Z.
I have read that this “virus is spread remotely.” BLEEP!
I have read bad advice telling people to “drink bleach.” BLEEP!
I have to drink COW URINE-that seems liek BS to me.
I have been overloaded with invitations to join groups on how an MLM “products that can boost your immune system to keep you from getting COVID-19 .”BLEEP!
Facebook is cracking down on this for good reasons.
Buyer BEWARE. Some good people are mistakenly misinformed as they are trying to help people.
- Facebook and other social media sites or even blogs are not a place to seek medical advice.
- The best advice I can give is to consult with your family doctor. There are more and more opportunities to make virtual visits.
- Disclaimer. No Non-cents Nanna’s blog posts are NEVER intent to treat, diagnose, prescribe or substitute for licensed medical advice. My blogs are for entertainment ideas to encourage you to find the best sources for the health care of your family in my experienced opinion.
Can Herbalist and Essential Oil Consultants Diagnosis, Treat or Prescribe?
- No, they can not.
- Neither can the nice gal at the vitamin/ supplement store in the mal.
- The helpful herbalist guy on a private support group page.
As far as the COVID-19 pandemic goes we don’t even have a vaccine, yet- another year-it is all too new.
No one who sells the ‘natural product has had time to test this uncertain disease. There are too many unknowns without documetned eveidence on patients with confirmed diagnosis.
- The CDC does know that 60% rubbing alcohol seems to be effective on surfaces.
The quote below is an excellent example of the restrictions on Herbalist who do have something good to offer.
A dietary supplement manufacturer wishing to make a claim for the product …falls strictly under the definition of a structure/function claim. If a claim is made or implied that the product can cure…
See my note below*
No Non-cents Nanna is not endorsing any of the products listed in the link below.
THE 15 BEST AND MOST POPULAR HOUSEHOLD ESSENTIALS
Editor’s Note: March 13, 2020
Many of our top picks are currently sold out…updating this story daily to find products that are still in stock.
…certain things that you should always have in stock at your home.
- …staples that are constantly used/ frequently replaced. A.k.a. the things you buy in bulk at Costco.
- And the things that you don’t want to realize too late that you’re in short supply.
… the products that you’ll find flying off the shelves in times of crisis…
Usable on …every surface in your home…can easily cut through grime…use more than one for scrubbing your entire kitchen
- …disinfecting usually requires the product to remain on the surface for about 3 to 5 minutes.
No Non-cents Nanna does not like to waste. Most of the time I am not into using disposables unless I have a really good reason such as infection control which is extremely important to me every day. I am not a germaphobe- just persnickety for medical reasons.
However, I admit that I use those handy dandy disposable disinfecting wipes. I wipe off my sink faucets often with them.
I buy cleaning supplies at CVS with my Care Pass for great discounts. I was not paid to share my personal recommendation.
- I save a lot of money on the OTC medical supplies for my disabled adult son by using the coupons from my receipt and the on-line website from CVS
- I do have to plan and head. I purchase things like Toilet paper and cleaning supplies quarterly to save even more money by watching for the deals.
- Just suggestions on stretching your budget and avoiding panic hoarding. I don’t like to go shopping in the freezing cold winter or the summer heat so I plan ahead. so, glad I did. I have toilet paper in the house while store shelves are empty.
Coronavirus fears empty store shelves of toilet paper, bottled water, masks as shoppers stock upUSA TODAY published February 28, 2020 Update march 2, 2020
More widespread shortages could hit retailers in the coming weeks, experts warn, which could drive up prices.
“Further delays in the restart of production could begin to result in out-of-stocks at U.S. shelves as early as mid-April,” Wells Fargo analysts wrote in a recent report.
Advice to consumers: If something is “mission critical” to your life, get it now, says Sam Polakoff, president and CEO at Nexterus Inc., which sources supplies for companies.
“Local health officials told us not to panic buy and not to freak out…”
Supporting Our Immune Systems
I shared this on my personal Facebook page:
I am seeing all too many sneaky MLM’er’s who legally are not supposed to diagnose, treat nor prescribe so they are careful but encourage you to pm if they want help with “immune support-“
I know I just po’d a lot of people who see my post stream.
COVID-19 is so news NO ONE has had time to test on patients to see what will work. if you decide to overdose on vitamins without licensed professionals monitoring you ANd you fail to tell the ER doc what all vitamins you are taking- don’t blame the doctor.for not being psychic to figure out why diarrhea has screwed up your electrolyte imbalance.
Quote: “Vitamins are a daily requirement essential for proper function. Before you take a supplement… be cautious
- too much of certain vitamins and too little of others can create stomach problems like diarrhea. Overdoses of other water-soluble vitamins may not lead to diarrhea, but they can harm the body if continuously taken”
- “Vitamins and Tylenol can interact with each other, notes Drugs.com 1.
- do not mix medications or over-the-counter supplements without talking to your pharmacist or doctor.
- Do not take any over-the-counter medications to help diarrhea unless your physician approves.
- Let your doctor know of any medications, supplements or over-the-counter products that you’ve taken before you take other medications.
- You can develop diarrhea for a number of reasons.
Sometimes it can be difficult to diagnose why the diarrhea started or has worsened…prolonged bouts of diarrhea, It’s possible to develop severe deficiencies.
You might think that you should take a vitamin or increase your current vitamin dosage, but vitamins can cause diarrhea themselves.
- While you may be tempted to take Tylenol to relieve your aches and pains, do not take anything for pain relief without your doctor’s approval.”
Plan Ahead But Do Not Panic
Stay calm and carry on with your life.
But, do take this time to sit down with your family to budget for your family’s priorities.
Get the whole family involved on how to tighten your belt within reason. It will be a good learning experience for everyone to get involved in making healthy choices for self-care versus focusing on this health scare.
I have absolutely no psychic powers to foretell the future. But, I do know that it is wise to close the barn door before the horses get out.
- NO ONE person nor agency nor business will know all the answers.
- Everyone will have to make the schedule and budget adjustments, without a doubt.
- We all must work together as a team in the United States. If every individual in every family makes good choices by understanding real facts he less the government has to step in to force us. The US government already has its hands full.
USToday seems like a reliable source to take note of:
Shortages won’t be limited to basic necessities. Electronics, apparel and housewares, all of which are reliant on China, may also be affected, said Neil Saunders, managing director of Global Data, a retail consultancy.
If the outbreak is extensive and lasts into the second half of 2020, there could be shortages of apparel and back to school products. “We believe this could put the back to school season at risk for many U.S. based retailers,” Cowen analysts said in a report.
Conspiracy Theories and Scammers
How scammers could use coronavirus scare to steal your moneyDetroit Free Press
The health of your wallet could be at risk as the new coronavirus spreads to new parts of the globe.
Consumers are warned that they could soon be inundated with fake products, phony stock deals, fabricated emails, texts and social media posts that are designed to steal money and personal information.
Fraudsters love to play into our fears.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services warned that scammers could be asking for donations for potential victims, providing advice on unproven treatments or providing phony information via social media.
The threat of the coronavirus is real, Nessel said in a statement, but there have been no confirmed cases in Michigan.
“You may lose significant amounts of money if you invest in a company that makes inaccurate or unreliable claims. You may not be able to sell your shares if trading in the company is suspended.”
One red flag is a small company, or what’s called a microcap stock, which is priced low…
“This can make it easier for fraudsters to spread false information about the company and to profit at the expense of unsuspecting investors,” the SEC stated.
Crooks can pump up that stock price by spreading false rumors…leaving innocent investors holding the bag.
Consumer watchdogs offer the following advice:
- Don’t click on links, especially if an email appears out of the blue.
- Be extra cautious when it comes to emails that claim to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Ignore online offers for vaccinations.
- Don’t fall for “investment opportunities” relating to any hot news item, such as the coronavirus.
CNN podcasts: Coronavirus Fact Or Fiction.MAR 13, 2020CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks to healthcare providers on the frontlines in New Rochelle, a New York suburb where a large cluster of cases prompted Governor Andrew Cuomo to set up a containment zone and deploy the National Guard.
No Non-cents Nanna has spent over 8 hours putting together this post. One thing for certain is that NO one knows all the answers= yet fruad and scammers are pushing false information. BEWARE.
I highly suggest you limit your focus on what you CAN do to plan ahead, but, do NOT obsess over COVID-19.
For goodness sake you do NOT have to click on any link unless you want the full information- my posts tend to be novel size.
Keep your life in balance as best as you can.
Mar 04, 2020 · You can protect yourself from COVID-19 by swallowing or gargling with bleach, taking acetic acid or steroids, or using essential oils, salt water, ethanol or other substances. None of these recommendations protects you from getting COVID-19, and some of these practices may be dangerous.
Doing (insert weird home remedy here) will prevent you from getting the virus.
No. Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth). Be aware that both alcohol and chlorine can be useful to disinfect surfaces, but they need to be used under appropriate recommendations.
Please click link HERE to read about more HOAX / FALSE information/ miscomceptions. http://www.georgiastem.com/covid-19-misconceptions/
Many home remedies treat the symptoms ONLY. I am NOT your personal family physician nor is anyone else who posts online.
Consult your own doctor if you have symptoms that are concerning.
The above post spells out why something like masks or nasal flushing ( which have been effective for some issues) will not be appropriate for COVID-19.
Please do not accept anyone except a licensed medical practitioner to diagnose, treat or prescribe for you, ever.
Disclaimer: No Non-cents Nanna strives to be very careful about sharing accurate information in good faith. But, PLEASE do not use this post as medical advice.
Mar 05, 2020 · The Rev. Jim Bakker, televangelist and salesman, has long promoted “Silver Solution” — a scientifically dubious medication made from the precious metal — to cure all sorts of ailments.
As they talked, an advertisement was plastered across the screen: Those seeking a cure for coronavirus or another illness could get four tubes of Silver Solution gel for $80 at JimBakkerShow.com. Or, for $125, they could buy a variety pack of two bottles of Silver Solution liquid, two tubes of gel and three lozenges.
That was false advertising, New York’s top prosecutor’s office claimed in a cease-and-desist letter to Bakker this week.
…”“In addition to being mindful about our health, we must also beware of unscrupulous actors who attempt to take advantage of this fear and anxiety to scam or deceive consumers,” she said in a statement, which warned New Yorkers about unproven treatments, excessive prices for health-care products and fake charitable solicitations.”
I posted this on my personal Facebook page
“I highly recommend watching this video. ( Click on the quote link below.) It explains why we don’t have enough tests yet in your family doctor’s office. No KITS, yet to diagnosis. What can you do? do people follow doctor advice?
Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says in his 36 years doing this, “we’ve not had this kind of a situation before” when it comes to the disruption to everyday life from the coronavirus. https://cbsn.ws/2U5IgFk
Malika Bourne ( No non-cents Nanna author) posted this comment on Facebook under the same article on a private page.
“Practicing medicine ie encouraging members to not adhere to sound medical advice is practicing outside his scope of licensure. Should the people AMEN his words? I don’t think so. It would be a good idea to call a workday and have the younger of the group get in there to clean and disinfect every corner of the church tho’. You don’t have to go to church to worship God. Does the church need $ to operate? Send your check by mail. What? the pastor has no faith that God will provide the funds to operate? Malika Bourne
Faith is one thing…but putting congregations at risk is stupid IMO
In my humble opinion, pastors are not licensed to practice medicine and should not be making choices for their congregations in matters such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.
You don’t have to go to church to worship or pray.
I suggest families hold Sunday School at home.
Sing your favorite hymns or Sunday School songs. Check out worship music on YouTube if your church is not holding a virtual service. For those who put money in the offering plate to keep the church budget intact why not mail your tithe check?
In the meantime, make arrangements with your pastor to deep clean the church.
Some churches refuse to close in wake of coronavirus despite warnings from governor
The Rev. Steve Willis, senior pastor at First Baptist Church Ashland, told WCHS that while the Bible tells Christians to obey secular governments, his church will have to weigh the governor’s request appropriately. For now, however, his church plans on staying open with precautions.
Quote: “As we experience more cases of coronavirus, it is imperative that New Yorkers remain calm, but stay vigilant,” James said in statement. “In addition to being mindful about our health, we must also beware of unscrupulous actors who attempt to take advantage of this fear and anxiety to …
With new cases of the novel coronavirus continue to surge locally and worldwide, officials in the tri-state area are cautioning residents of scams and warning retailers and unscrupulous individuals to not take advantage of people’s fears
Fact or Fiction about Hand Sanitizers:
You think (hope?) that your hand-sanitizer habit is protecting you from colds and flu and gross bugaboos like E. coli. But even if it isn’t, it’s harmless. Right?The rumor: Hand sanitizer is not only ineffective, it’s toxic…Word on the street has it that despite how clean your hands feel after using a hand sanitizer, they’re actually still dirty — and using sanitizers might actually lower your resistance to disease. Is it true?!The verdict: Soap and water beats sanitizers hands-downColds are caused by viruses, not bacteria,” Aiello points out.Bottom line? Skip it.Alcohol-based sanitizers, on the other hand, are fairly effective and safe. “Hand sanitizers that are 60% alcohol are good at killing bacterial pathogens,” says Bowen.They can also kill some viruses, but not all of them — such as the noroviruses that can cause cruise-ship outbreaks.Click the link to see waht CNN reported.
Some people make their own hand sanitizer. But, is it effective for this or that bug? I have no idea.
FDA BANS 28 ACTIVE INGREDIENTS IN HAND SANITIZER
The government organization first announced its intention to analyze safety data on the antibacterial gel back in 2016. Now, less than three years later, the FDA is specifically calling out toxic actives with a history of health concerns, like triclosan and benzethonium chloride. Although 28 ingredients sounds like a substantial number, however, the change will effect less than 3 percent of the hand sanitizer marketplace. Most bottles of hand sanitizer you’ll find on the shelves at the drugstore use ethyl alcohol as the antiseptic.
Read this intesting article by clicking HERE https://www.wellandgood.com/good-advice/is-hand-sanitizer-bad-for-you-fda/
5 Hidden Dangers of Hand SanitizersIf you squirt hand sanitizer thinking it’s a safe way to clean your hands, think again. Here are 5 hidden dangers you may not know about.
Antibiotics are effective against bacteria. But what happens if your body builds up resistance to antibiotics, and in turn promotes resistance to bacteria?
Triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. …hand sanitizers may lower your resistance to diseases by killing good bacteria, which helps protect against bad bacteria.
In a 2011 study by the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers found that health care employees who were most likely to use hand sanitizers over soap and water for routine hand washing were nearly six times more at risk for outbreaks of norovirus, which causes most cases of acute gastroenteritis.
Just because it doesn’t have triclosan, doesn’t mean it’s completely safe.
The active ingredient in some hand sanitizers is usually a type of alcohol that acts as an antimicrobial that kills bacteria. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control recommend ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, or a mix of both in a concentration of 60% to 95%.
ABC News reported. A few squirts of hand sanitizer could equal a couple of shots of hard liquor.
Weaker Immune System
. Toxic Chemicals
Before you overreact please click the link to read the full article above.
Is it fact or fiction?
I personally have concerns over the overuse of hand sanitizers in place of friction with soap under running water, therefore I think this is valid post to consider when you need to practice good hand hygiene.
No Non-cents Nanna recommends reading and social sharing this article quoted below.
People feel so vulnerable. We CAN control the choices we make. I hope overall this No Non-cents Nanna post helps you focus on what you CAN do.
The facts on coronavirus aren’t all scary. So why so much fear?•
As the number of confirmed cases of illness grows, so too does the nation’s collective uncertainty. Psychologists and public health experts say public anxiety is high, and it’s largely fueled by a feeling of powerlessness.
“When we feel, ‘Oh my God, there’s a new boogeyman out there,’ it comes with extra fear,” said David Ropeik, an expert on risk communication. “When we don’t understand something that leaves us feeling like we don’t know everything we need to know to protect ourselves … that equates to powerlessness, vulnerability.”
Coronavirus, explained: Everything to know, from symptoms to how to prepare
“The idea that we can hopefully reduce transmissions through really good hand-washing feels insufficient. It’s not anything new. And how will you know if you’ve done it well enough?”
It’s why many people are rushing out to buy toilet paper, face masks, disinfectant and hand sanitizer. It makes them feel they are at least doing something, she said.
Managing the outbreak: A self-quarantine seems brutal when you’re not sick – but it really is for the greater good
“We understand the flu, we have personal experience with it. That makes it less scary,” Bufka said. “We know what to expect with something like that. As humans we can read information, hear information from others and take all that in, but personal experience makes a difference.”
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Limit your exposure to the hyped-up news. It can be misleading.
The role of the media
Health experts say the media has an important role to play.
It must dispense accurate information without being sensational, and it must avoid exploiting people’s fears.
A blog post from the Poynter Institute, which trains journalists, noted that saying “deadly virus” can be misleading, because the virus is not deadly for most people.
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the U.S. – canceling major events, closing schools, upending the stock market and disrupting travel and normal life – Americans are taking precautions against the new coronavirus that causes the disease sickening and killing thousands worldwide.
The World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise the public be watchful for fever, dry cough and shortness of breath, symptoms that follow contraction of the new coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2.
According to the CDC, the virus can spread person-to-person within 6 feet through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
…possible for the virus to remain on a surface or object, be transferred by touch and enter the body through the mouth, nose or eyes.
- Those most at risk to severe developments are older than 70 and have weak immune responses.
- Others at risk include people with pulmonary abnormalities, chronic disease or compromised immune systems, such as cancer patients who have gone through chemotherapy treatment.
Viscidi urges to public to think of the coronavirus like the flu because it goes through the same process within the body. Many people contract the flu and recover with no complications.
“People should remember that they’re as healthy as they feel,” he said. “And shouldn’t go around feeling as unhealthy as they fear.”
Please click HERE to read and social share the entire article. https://news.yahoo.com/does-coronavirus-body-everything-know-223108722.html
Let’s all encourage each other to remain calm, but stay vigilant.
This overabundant post is work in progress. Take what you like and leave the rest.
Malika Bourne reserves the right to edit and correct any errors I have made in good faith.