Hints! Dearest Readers,
During this time of crisis across the globe due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and the impact on us all, I have decided to address the issues many of you emailed me about. The first question on everyone’s mind is …Why hasn’t The Purple Rose written anything on the matter? Fair question.
1. I have been ill.
2. None of us here are experts in the area
3. The news and Health Officials are the best resources at this time.
4. And most importantly The Purple Rose is about Akathisia. We print other content in hopes of drawing more readers to educate them about Akathisia and also to give much needed HOPE to suffers.
You are Readers are of course our main concern and we are here to help. So let us get to some of your questions.
How is COVID 19 spread? Through droplets when a person sneeze or cough and person to person contact with ill people.
How Can I protect myself? First and most important… wash , wash ,wash those hands. If you can not uses 60% alcohol hand sanitizer.
How do you know you have washed your hands 20 seconds? Great question!! Two choruses of Happy Birthday song or Row, Row ,Row Your Boat. Wash up to the wrist, between finger (front and back) , press nails from opposite hand into other scrub there , repeat. Rises in a downwards motion, DO NOT FLING HANDS, uses a paper towel , pat dry toss in waste can, uses second to turn sink off. Is the best way.
Should I wear a face mask? Sick people should! If you are not sick the choice is yours.
Should I wear gloves? The same as above.
How long does COVID last? It depends on the person.
What can I do when I am quarantined? Another great question? I have done a terms worth of homework, read two books, painted a picture, caught up on The Purple Rose, and rested when need be. In other words do what you can to relax , recover , and enjoy what you can. Great time to just relax and try to enjoy as much as you can.
How do I talk to my children about COVID 19? Another awesome question!!! Remain calm, remember the little ones and even teen pick up on our stress, anxiety and anger. Uses age appropriate language. Try to reassure the kids as much as possible. It does no good for anyone if the kids are freaked out as well.
Is it okay I am scared of this virus? Yes of course it is! This is a difficult time for many of us. I have been on this Earth 52 years and have not seen anything like it. There is no cure, data is still being gathered and more people are getting sick. We are seeing our numbers grow daily here in Arizona. Remember part of this in the states in due to testing being more available , and easy assessable.
Should I be tested?
If you have been around someone with COVID 19
Been in affected area in the last 14 days
Have symptoms Remember it is still Flu season and many are having seasonal allergies too! If you are sick self-quarantine. If you use a tissue, throw it away right after uses, clean surfaces and stay away from unaffected family member to limit exposer. For more information contact www.cdc.gov www.who.int or your state health department. Here is hoping you all stay safe. My Readers that are ill, get well soon.
Best Wishes for all and Prayers, Christine Anne Kelly