The Approaching Winter
Coronavirus cases are exploding across the country (US) at the worst possible time—winter. The current trajectory of this virus’ spread will shape up to be a difficult winter of illness, not just for people in the US but also for the worldwide community.
Schools that were struggling to manage social distancing measures will now have to pivot to a 100% online instructional model for the foreseeable future. Many child-care facilities will also have to halt their operations in response to states’ protocols around the coronavirus crisis.
Restaurants and gyms will be forced to close their doors, and for many of those businesses, this time the closure will be permanent. The out-of-control spike of new COVID cases is leading already-overwhelmed hospitals to convert their chapels, cafeterias, waiting rooms, hallways, even parking garages into patient treatment areas.
Limited travel bans are back in effect. Stay-At-Home orders are once again forcing people back inside both literally and figuratively.
The glimmer of hope that should have been 2021 will instead be ushering in what many experts believe will be the worst wave of this apocalyptic and nightmarish pandemic.
Everyone will have to figure out how to adapt to partial or complete societal restrictions and lockdown.
What can you do to prepare for this COLD winter? [click here]
- Emergency supplies. Keep a two-week supply of essentials, including prescription medicines, on hand throughout the winter months.
- Stay connected. Ensure that you have all the tools you need to communicate with family, friends, and health care providers for the months ahead.
- Work on wellness. If you cannot go outside, substitute your exercise routine with video workouts, exercise machines, or free weights.
- Eat well. Balance your consumption of holiday goodies with healthy, whole foods, including plenty of vegetables, legumes, lean protein, and complex carbohydrates.
- Boost mental health. Spend time each day reading and saying positive affirmations, which help to improve your mental health and mood.
What can you do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19? [click here]
- Wear a face cover. This is NOT a political statement. It’s just plain ol’ common sense.
- Wash/clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Maintain distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet).
- Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.
How are you and your family preparing for the coming months?
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