Covid-19 Update and Information
This is my best attempt to create a page with information that you can use to make personal decisions on how best to keep your self and loved ones safe.
We need to take this super super seriously... I do think we will mostly be OK, but it will take a number of months. I really don't think we will be back to school this year. This is not like the "flu". We need to do what we can right now, right here. I saw a person on our local Nextdoor social network saying we are over reacting and that this is just the flu... NO... this is not the flu. Right now the best thing you can do is stay home, social distance, and limit your contact.
We need to look at what is happening in Italy, Spain, France... Even China... We need to look at their data, their plotted curves and do what we can to change what happens here. We need to make sure we do the right things, to make sure that we are not in the same place in 2-3 weeks.
How do you catch the Covid-19 Virus?
I want everyone to be really, really clear on how you catch this virus. Question: If you go out and are at the grocery store, and you touch a surface that is covered with the covid-19 virus, thus getting it on your hands, have you cough the virus? If it's on your hands for more than 20 min, will it infect you?
NO... you don't catch this though your skin. You only catch this if you get it on your hands and then touch your face... specifically getting it in your eyes and nose and probably your mouth... basically you need to transfer it from some contaminated surface to your nose, eyes, mouth, then it can work it's way into your respiratory system and into your lungs. There is some data to show that if you breath in the small droplets created when some one near you coughs, you can be infected... So bottom line, just because you get it on your hands, you will not catch it, if you wash it off before you transfer it to your face.
What should you be doing right now
- STAY HOME - Stay home and social isolate your self at home. Just by not interacting physically with people will do the most to stop the transmission. I know that everyone can't work from home, and this can be super challenging, but the more we can limit our contact with everyone the faster we can flatten the transmission rate.
- Wash You Hands - Washing your hands before and after you go out of your house will really help keeping you from the covid virus.
- Don't Touch You Face - If you hands are washed, it's great, but any time you touch your face, you transfer from your hands to your face, and also from your face to your hands. This is how the virus gets from a surface to your respiratory system... and also how it gets from you to a surface. I know it's super hard, and we probably touch our face 90+ time an hour... but really try to train your self to not touch your face.
Why is washing your hands so important?
You don't catch this though your skin. If you touch a contaminated surface, and wash your hands soon after, you will limit the likelihood of touching your face with a contaminated hand. You only catch this if you get it on your hands and then touch your face...
Why Social Distancing is so important?
Based on new guidelines from the CDC and guidance from the World Health Organization we need to really , really make sure we stay away from other people. We don't need to be locked up in our houses, but we need to stay away from others. For their safety and yours. How far? Some guidelines are saying 6 feet... I would recommend more than 10- 12 feet. There is some new data to show that if you breath in the small droplets created when some one near you coughs, you can be infected... So keep your distance.
What does that look like? How far is that? Think, if I was to take 2 times my height... Make sure people stay that far away from you.
This means if you are at the grocery store, when you line up to check out... Tell people to make some room. If people get too close, ask them politely to step back... If that does not work... Maybe cough nosily into your shirt... Ha ha ...
Do the same thing if you are picking up take out... If you are walking in, make sure you make some space... Make it exaggerated, people will notice, and you can laugh, and have a conversation about why... Educate everyone you come in contact with.
When You Need To Go Out To An Indoor Public Place?
Re-Read the social distancing section above!!! - You are need to go out to the store, maybe the Dr. but you are going to need to go out. It's going to take us a while to get on the other side of this. And then we are going to have to be careful on how we actually slowly get back to "normal" . We really need to all shelter in place, wash your hands... treat everything and everyone outside your house as radioactive...
"WooHooo, you understand... Great" - If you told me that you and your house mates and family had had a house meeting, and had a plan on how to come in and out of the house, I would say "Right On". If you said, "Hey we've been inside for the last two days we've got enough groceries to last for a week or so. Nobody in my house is planning on going out for at least another couple of days. We have a designated person who's going out and they're super careful. They wash their hands when they leave the wash their hands when they come back", I would say "WooHooo, you understand... Great"
when they get to the grocery store you know in the car they wipe down their hands and Clorox wipes maybe they put gloves on they treat everything that's in the store as contagion pretend like there's fires everywhere that's the kind of thinking that we need to have. then I would be great good.
"Some people in my house say it's not a big deal" - On the other hand, if you told me "Oh we've been to the grocery store a few times, We leave the how all the time... It's not really that big of a deal. Everyone seems to be okay", The I would really really be worried. If you are in a house with people who are not taking this seriously, you need to help them get educated... have then read this page, and have them watch some of the videos below. You really lneed to have a house meeting, and agree on the house rules. Have a conversation with them about how to change that attitude and realize that when we're in our house we're safe, but when you when you leave your house, you have the potential of getting contaminated. You need to plan every single time that you leave the house.
This is what I'm doing...
- Every morning I'm doing a quick wipe down of my house... I mix a 1 part Clorox, 8 parts water. I only mix up about 2 cups... so lets do the math 1/8 of a cup of Clorox and 2 cups of water... I take a clean cloth, and spray and wipe down all the counter tops, door handles, light switches, stuff like that... then II toss the rag in the laundry and next time i do the laundry, I wash it... I mix up a new batch of Clorox each day... so figure out how much you need and only mix up that amount.
- I do the same thing just before I go to bed... Yes that means I am using 10-12 rags a week...
- I plan every trip out of the house. My house is as safe as I can make it. So I wash my hands before I leave.
- I take a paper town with Clorox spray on it and wipe down my car door handles, steering wheel and surfaces I might touch, like the radio.
- When I get to the store , I have some purell in the car, which I use a little before I go in.
- I then pretend that every surface in the store is covered with virus... it probably not, but I just treat it that way.
- I'm careful to keep my distance from every one,
- I watch out for people coughing,
- I don't line up too close.
- I use the purell when I get back to the car
- When I get home, I put the groceries down inside the door. I go wash my hands, I go back to the car with the Clorox spray on it and wipe down my car door handles, steering wheel and surfaces I might touch, like the radio.
- I wash my hands again when I get back to the house...
- I then unpack the groceries... and if I think it's needed, wash in water any fruits and vegetables, and set any dry stuff out to sit for a while...maybe a day before I use it... t
- Oh, and wash my hands again... :-)
What if you have a fever
If you have a fever, call your Dr. and try to get tested... but at a minimum, STAY HOME, and even isolate yourself from other in your house... stay in a bedroom and try to not get anyone else in your house sick... and every one in your house, should really really isolate and not go out for 14 days.
Videos and Blogs with Information
This blog gets a little deep into the science and math, but its a great site that has the latest information or data about this out break explained in a very accessible way. There are a lot of videos now, but very informative.
This blog/ channel is from Dr. John Campbell, and has lots of world wide information and status. A littel scary, but his data is good and well thought out. There are a lot of videos now, but very informative.
This blog/ channel is a little over the top and a little scarry, but his data seems to be right on. On any give day, what he says we should do "today" is what officials are doing 3 days later... he is kinda a crystal ball...
QUESTIONS ABOUT SHELTERING IN PLACE
What does it mean to “shelter in place?”
The term “shelter in place” means to stay in your home and not leave unless necessary for one of the exceptions listed in the Order (discussed more below).
What is the difference between “sheltering in place” and “social distancing”?
Sheltering in place is a more rigorous form of social distancing.
Sheltering in place means you:
- Must stay at home
- Can only leave your home for “essential activities,” to work for an “essential business,” or for “essential travel,” which are defined in the Order (see FAQs for details)
- Cannot host or attend any gatherings
You should also maintain 6 foot distance from other people as much as possible, wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds each time (or use hand sanitizer), frequently disinfect high-touch surfaces, and stay home if you are sick.
Can I leave home to visit friends or family members if there is no urgent need or I am not performing an essential activity?
No. For your safety as well as their safety, we need to help each other fight the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home.
Can I still get my mail and deliveries?
Yes. You will still be able to get mail and other deliveries at your home.
Can I still order the things I need online and have them delivered to my residence?
Yes. Businesses that deliver goods or services directly to residences are “essential businesses” that may continue to operate.
Can I go out to do laundry or have my laundry done?
Yes. Maintain social distancing.
Can I get my prescriptions or other health care needs? Can I leave home to go to the pharmacy to get my prescription filled?
Yes. Drug stores and other medical supply stores are allowed to operate. When possible you should have prescription medicines and health care supplies delivered to your home.
What if I need to get healthcare from my medical provider?
You can still get your health needs addressed. Contact your health care provider to see if they are providing regular services. Some services, especially elective procedures, may be postponed or canceled. If you are feeling sick, please first call your doctor, a nurse hotline, or an urgent care center. Do not go to the emergency room of a hospital unless you are having an actual emergency.
Can I still seek non-essential medical care like eye exams, teeth cleaning, elective procedures, etc.?
Generally you should postpone non-essential medical and dental care if possible. If it can wait, then wait. Check with your provider for specific guidance. They may cancel services. You should not expose yourself or others by pursuing health care or maintenance care that can wait a few weeks.
Should I stock up on food, necessities like toilet paper, and on medicines?
No. You will continue to be able to purchase these items. Stores selling necessary items like grocery stores, pharmacies, and hardware stores will remain open. Please continue to buy normal quantities of these items on the same schedule you normally follow. This will ensure that there is enough for everyone.
Can I leave home to care for my elderly parents or friends who require assistance to care for themselves? Or a friend or family member who has disabilities?
Yes. Be extremely cautious when providing care to vulnerable people and ensure that you protect them and yourself by following social distancing guidelines such as washing hands before and after, using hand sanitizer, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance when possible, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue.
Can I visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facility?
You may visit a hospital or other healthcare facility only for the purpose of obtaining health care services and supplies. Non-essential visitations are barred. Do not visit a nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or residential care facility other than for the purpose of securing care. People over 60 years of age are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.
What if I can’t get out of the home? How can I get supplies and food?
Please contact friends, family, or others you know who can provide support. They are permitted to pick up any of your needs. You can also order food and other supplies, and have them delivered to your home. If you think you might be eligible for meals on wheels, call 408-350-3246 to start the eligibility intake process.
Can I leave home to go to my church, synagogue, or mosque?
No. For your safety as well as the safety of your fellow worshippers, we need to help each other fight the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home. Places of worship may offer remote access to services, such as by emails, video streaming, or teleconference.
The Order prohibits non-essential travel on foot or bike -- does that mean that I can’t go on a walk or take a bike ride?
No. The Order allows you to go outside for exercise so long as you maintain social distancing (more than 6 feet from persons who are not part of your household). This includes activities like walks or hikes or bike rides or going to a park.
Can I leave home to exercise?
If you will be outdoors and not in close contact with other people, yes. Otherwise, no. Fitness centers, exercise gyms, recreational centers, golf courses, and public pools are not permitted to operate.
Can golf courses remain open?
I become anxious when cooped up in my house. Am I allowed to go to a park or on a hike? Can I travel to a County park or open space?
Yes. Spending time outside improves mood and well-being, and is particularly beneficial to children. You can go for walks, go to the park, and engage in other similar activities, but you should maintain social distance (more than six feet away from persons who are not part of your household) to avoid spread of the virus.
Can I go shopping for things other than food/groceries?
Yes. You can shop for anything that is related to health care, hardware supplies, supplies needed to telecommute, and supplies essential to safety and sanitation. But you should minimize unnecessary trips.
Can I go to a bar/nightclub/theater?
No. Entertainment venues are not allowed to operate.
Can I go to a restaurant, café, coffee or tea shop, ice cream shop, or other foodservice location?
Yes, but only to pick up food. You cannot dine, eat, or drink in or around the facility.
Can I walk my dog/pet?
Yes. Be sure that you distance yourself at least six feet from others who are not part of your household.
Can I go to a vet or pet hospital if my pet is sick?
Yes. Please call first to determine if the vet has any restrictions in place.
I don’t cook—how can I purchase meals?
Restaurants, cafes, food trucks, and similar establishments are encouraged to remain open to supply meals to the public via delivery and carryout. You can also purchase prepared foods at grocery stores, supermarkets, certified farmers’ markets, convenience stores, and other such food retailers.
How can I access free or reduced price meals for myself or my family?
Schools, soup kitchens, food banks, and other entities that provide free or reduced priced food or meals to the public are encouraged to continue providing these services. You must pick up and take away the food or have it brought to you. Do not eat on the premises.
Can I take my kids to the park and can we use playgrounds?
The Order allows you to engage in outdoor activities, provided that you maintain adequate social distancing. While we encourage use of parks, we strongly discourage the use of playgrounds because they include high-touch surfaces, and because it is typically not possible to maintain social distancing at playgrounds.
Can I carry out a court-ordered visit with my kids?
Yes. The Order exempts travel by court order or law enforcement.