As always this is not to give way to more panic about COVID-19. This post is for information only. This is from a email I received and I thought it was important to share it with you.
These are unprecedented times that have dramatically changed our daily lives. While the uncertainty can be unsettling, I believe we will get through this together and emerge stronger.
We recognize there is great responsibility in delivering critical news and information to our nearly 900 million users across the globe. Never has it been more important, that accurate and reliable news is at the forefront. Verizon Media, the parent company of AOL, Yahoo, HuffPost, TechCrunch, has always been committed to our mission of creating trusted content– and our resolve is even stronger today. As we navigate through this new normal we find ourselves in, rest assured that you can always expect credible and trusted content across our platforms.
That’s why we are doubling down on our focus to support our communities and have a positive impact on society during this challenging time. We have created coronavirus hubs on AOL, covid19.aol.com and on Yahoo, covid19.yahoo.com, that includes the news in real time about the pandemic across the globe, to keep our users up-to-date with accurate and reliable information.
Communities are core to the wellness of our society. We know these are trying times for many of us, so we are also producing more mental health-focused content across brands, like huffpost.com, to support those that may be experiencing increased levels of anxiety and depression. As well, we are developing content that provides resources and tips on how to stay healthy mentally, physically and emotionally.
Finally, we are donating advertising space across Verizon Media’s properties to organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) to help amplify their message.
These are no doubt stressful times, but I hope through a sense of community we can not only survive but come out of this with more connection and support for each other. It reminds me of a great African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
I was finally able to take a real walk today. It was marvelous even with overcast skies! Before I left I listened to the USA’s NBC channel nightly news and there was a heart touching short segment of children writing cute and some inspirational messages in pictures and words. When I took my fur girls out for their 1st walk with me in over 3 weeks (sprained wrist than overlapped a mild case of COVID-19) I noticed this type of chalk art on the sidewalk in the direction we walk. Uplifting statements like “Be brave”, “Your with family”, and “Sing a song” are just a sampling of what was written. This inspired me to join children and adults across the country to write my own message. I uploaded it on Instagram on the 1st #chalkthewalk. Please join the children, adults, and myself in leaving a message for others. If anyone can make a # with the name #PagansChalkTheWalk please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can talk about setting up the # tag today Friday, April 3rd. Thank you!
Please keep those on the front lines taking care of infections people. Many doctors, nurses, and everyone else in the hands on part of caring for people with COVID-19 worldwide that haven’t been home in weeks or months because of their tiring mostly thankless job they have choosen to do. Blessings of staying healthy to you all.
This information is for informational purposes not to feed into the panic the worldwide media and governments have fed us. We are all in this together so I light a special healing candle daily for a list of names I have from people with all different types of illnesses and health conditions. If you would like your name or someone you know name added to this list please put the first name, last name initial, and state or country they live in. Do not put in their full last name or the village, town, city that they live in for cyber and on the ground security reasons.
Something else I want to address is some not nice people are using this worldwide crisis to call landlines and cell/mobile phones to use different types of scams to try and get money from all of us Sheltering in Place or whatever your country calls staying indoors at home. Please if you feel a caller is trying to scam you hang up a quickly as possible or just do not answer the phone for numbers you do not recognize, if it is an important phone call the person will leave a message. With screening calls you have less chance of being scammed out of your hard earned money. Remember use your best judgement and common sense when dealing with unknown callers!
No matter where you are in the world reading this take simple precautions such as washing hands often, if your cannot wash them carry hand sanitizer to use often when out in public. Those of you with children and/or others that come in and out often insist they wash there hands well before touching anything in your home. To help keep your home COVID-19 free use either a throw away cloth such as Clorox Wipes on all door knobs, counters, TV remotes, computer keyboards, game controls, etc.
If you are considered a high risk for catching this wear a mask or heavy winter scarf and gloves outside whenever you leave your home. I am in this high risk catagory and wear a winter scarf along with medical gloves underneath regular gloves so I don’t look to silly. I am lucky to have kept many scarfs and thin knit gloves over the years so I wear a scarf and pair of gloves once then they go into the laundry. These are the only thing in my home that always get washed with HOT WATER and a 1/4 cup of WHITE VINEGAR. Also dry them on HOT. White vinegar is a bacteria killer not as good as chlorine bleach but it doesn’t fade my clothes and I am not allergic to white vinegar. I also wash any coat I have been outside in to go anywhere with the scarfs and gloves but hang dry it.