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Author: Raine    Date: 02/27/2020 13:53:22

Ok, so we are here, at Thursday. COVID-19 concerns are here and people should prepare. Better to be prepared and nothing happening than not. NPR has a good article that gives some tips to prepare yourself at home, in advance.

Mostly, wash your hands.
You've heard it over and over, but one of the best ways to protect yourself against infection from COVID-19 — or cold or flu, for that matter – is good old-fashioned hand hygiene. Washing your hands frequently, as well as avoiding touching your face, eyes and nose, is a tried-and-true way to cut down on respiratory infections, Perl says.

Studies have shown that "good hand-washing and frequent hand-washing will decrease the risk of transmission of these viruses anywhere from 30 to 50 percent," she says. "You can use the alcohol-based hand gels, or you can use soap and water. It doesn't need to be any kind of antibacterial soap." And you should scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds — about as long as it takes to sing the "Happy Birthday" song twice.

Also, if you're not already doing it, start practicing good respiratory etiquette: Cough into your elbow instead of spewing virus-laden particles into the air (and wash your hands right after), and make sure to throw out your used tissues, since they might have virus particles on them.

And this is important:

As far as the VP, I don't put much more faith in him.
In 2011, as a member of Congress, he voted to cut funding for Planned Parenthood. Two years later, a Planned Parenthood clinic that had been the only HIV-testing center in Scott County, Ind., closed after public health spending cuts, HuffPost reported.

Two months passed from the start of the outbreak in 2015 before Pence declared a public state of emergency.

The spread of the disease was attributed to people injecting Opana, an addictive painkiller, with shared needles. But Pence didn’t agree with federal health experts that distributing clean needles was a good idea. (snip)

Public health officials weren’t the only ones to warn Pence about delaying action. State Rep. Ed Clere, a fellow Republican, also pushed Pence to approve a needle exchange.

“It was disappointing that it took so much effort to bring the governor on board,” Clere told the New York Times.

In 2018, researchers at Yale University found that the epidemic could have been prevented if Pence and state officials had acted faster. The study received financial support from the federal government.

Super Tuesday is less than a week away, make sure you go and vote if you haven't already. We must put competency back in government. Lives depend on it --seriously




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