A word about take out. Many people have asked if ordering food is okay. It supports the local small businesses and is relatively safe. When you get the food to your home, take it out of the container, place it on your own plate and microwave it for 30 secs. Throw the container out and wash your hands.
Also, I recommend taking groceries out of the bags, placing the bags in the recycling. Wash your hands, wipe the containers. If you have fresh vegetables and fruits, rinse them very well. While I love fresh veggies (most of the time more nutritious) I think cooking most vegetables right now is a good idea. Choose fruits that need to be peeled. Oranges are a great source of vitamin C.
Most people are running out of cleaning supplies, I am offering some suggestions. If you have a larger container of Lysol or bleach, fill a spray container and dilute it with water. You can also make your own single use wipes with a paper towels and placing them in a small zip lock baggie. Hand sanitizer is hard to find, if you can make your own using rubbing alcohol and aloe vera, I suggest this. Continue to wash your hands. You don't need gloves. If you have gloves, donate them to a Here is a list of known chemicals that kill COVID-19. https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2
We took a limited amount of surgical masks (not N-95s) to local businesses that are staying open and considered essential. While this is a very precious resource, it was important to me from a public health standpoint that these workers are not asymptomatic and carrying the virus while serving their community. I encourage everyone, especially all essential workers, to follow the CDC guidelines and use handmade masks/handkerchiefs in public. I want to encourage managers and business owners to take that seriously to protect your staff and the community. Our clinic has enough surgical masks to care for our patients safely. This is with the anticipation that there will be masks available to purchase in the late June- early July timeframe.
We have had many community members who have donated cloth masks and I want to thank them. I will take most of them with me to NYC.
Please continue to social distance.
Here is information on why it helps
If you have N-95 masks, contact your local hospital to donate them. Non-Healthcare workers do not need these to protect themselves. but those doing certain procedures in the hospital do.
Links for COVID-19 Information