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Coronavirus (COVIDľ19)
     When this post was originally published it was hoped that the Coronavirus outbreak would be under control and we could see us getting back to normal again. But the reopening of businesses in many states was done hastily and the virus has come back, deadlier than before. As long as the virus remains a threat to the health and well-being of the readers, this article will remain posted on this site. It will, however, be updated as needed.    

Recently a new illness has made it's way into our vocabulary. The outbreak of the Corona virus in Wuhan, China, has brought a great deal of fear and  uncertainty to the world. Economies have been impacted, travel has been substantially reduced, and people who might have been infected have been quarentined and placed in isolation. In some parts of the world, officials in hazmat suits have been seen disinfecting offices, stores, schools, airports, and in some cases, entire neighborhoods.
     Yes, it can make you fear for your health, but before you go off in a panic, get good information. Some of our current political leaders tend to spin the reports to make things look less important than they are. You can only make an educated decision if you have facts. The World Health Organization (WHO) has offered some advice on how you can best protect yourself.

1.  Keep at least six (6) feet distance between yourself and anyone who is
     coughing or sneezing. If you must cough or sneeze, do so in a handkerchief,
     tissue, or your bent elbows.
2.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Since your hands touch multiple
     surfaces that may be contaminated with the virus, touching your eyes, nose or
     mouth can transfer the virus to areas where the infection can easily enter the
3. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.
     Stay at home if you feel unwell, and follow the advice of your local health
     authority. Unfortunately, symptoms of this disease are similar to those of the
     common flu, so see a health care provider to be sure.
4. Perhaps the simplest thing you can do is to wash your hands often or clean
     them with an alcohol-based hand rub.

     Use common sense and if you should become infected, follow the advice of your health officials. Eat well and keep a two week supply of foods and medicine in the event on an outbreak in your area. Stay up to date with the latest medical news and information.

     While health groups offer their best advice to keep you safe, there are a number of other groups who offer bad advice, which should be avoided. Here are some things you shouldn't do.

1. DO NOT ingest Clorox, cleansers, or disinfectants. However they do work
    well on countertops, doorknobs, and fixtures (faucets, etc.).
2. DO NOT assemble in large groups. Especially if the group is going around
    without masks.
3. DO NOT leave your nose uncovered when you wear your mask, or wear your
    mask as if it were a jock-strap for your chin.

     Listen to the advice of the CDC, WHO, your health department, and doctor. These are the workers who see the most stress. They don't need to see more, so be smart, wear a mask, and keep yourself and others healthy.