(I'll be editing this with information that I think might be helpful as I can.)
In case anybody is unaware - you can go to Live | The White House to view the daily COVID 19 updates. C-Span also covers them and you can also locate them on youtube. Just listening to updates on the various new media does not give you the whole picture. I find them very illuminating and helpful.
About MASK WEARING: Conflicting guidelines - WHO vs CDC
- If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with COVID-19.
- Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
CDC: "the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission."
Here's a list of all press briefings: https://search.cdc.gov/search/?query=press+briefings&sitelimit=coronavirus&utf8=%E2%9C%93&affiliate=cdc-main
And informed public is a wise public. And we all need to be very wise during this difficult time.
NEW: CDC now says: How Coronavirus Spreads | CDC "It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus." (emphasis mine) So we may not need to go so crazy about disinfecting everything we bring into the house from the store. CDC updates COVID-19 transmission webpage to clarify information about types of spread | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC
Another point of view: Orange County Dr. Jeff Barke Breaks His Silence on COVID 19 - YouTube
Chins up and have heart everybody.
BREATHING TECHNIQUE THAT MAY HELP
Doctor at Queens Hospital in the UK advises on potential lifesaving corona virus breathing technique - YouTube (thanks ClearColors - and for other breathing techniques: Doctors and nurses demonstrate breathing techniques proven to help with coronavirus symptoms
SANITIZING INFO COVID-19: Resources for Households | CDC
"Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)"
Diluted household bleach solutions can be used if appropriate for the surface. 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water. DO NOT MIX CLEANING SOLUTIONS (i.e. ammonia and bleach)
SHOPPING (special hours for those most vulnerable)
"Coles, an Australian supermarket chain, said it would launch a dedicated "Community Hour" to improve access for the elderly and those with disabilities from March 18. Community Hour will be held Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. To enter the store, customers need to present a government-issued identification card verifying their age or disability. "
"Dollar General: the first hour of each day shopping would be dedicated to senior shoppers."
"Fairway: open to shoppers aged 65 and older as well as those with increased susceptibility to serious illness from 8 am to 9 am Monday - Saturday from March 18 onwards."
"Fresh Market: said it would designate special shopping hours - 8 am to 9 am from Mondays to Fridays to senior and other at risk individuals"
"Northgate Gonzales Market chain will implement special seniors hours at all of its 41 Southern CA locations. Senior citizens & customers with disabilities will e able to shop from 7 am - 8 am daily."
"Stop & Shop...to set aside special hours for customers over 60 ... announced that beginning Thursday, only customers in that age group will be allowed to shop in its stores between 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m."
"Target: will reserve the first hour of shopping each Wednesday for vulnerable guests, including the elderly & those with underlying health conditions."
"Walmart: will host an hour-long 'senior shopping event' every Tuesday for customers aged 60 & older from March 24 - April 28. Will start one hour before the store opens to the public & includes its pharmacies & vision centers."
"Whole Foods: Opening one hour before opening to the general public to shoppers aged 60+ in the US & Canada and to shoppers aged 70+ in the UK."