Day: March 31, 2020

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FEAR Is Not a Strategy! COVID-19 Prevention Planning

North Dakota was not a “Hot Spot” for Covid-19….as of the date this blog was published. The latest statistics on the spread of the virus can be found on (click for updates). If you don’t live in a densely populated area, you might think you don’t have to be afraid that the virus could affect you and your loved ones. If that’s the case, you might be tempted to act recklessly and disregard the guidelines that have been set down by local officials. Maybe you aren’t even sure what those guidelines are. Whether or not you are fearful for yourself and your loved ones, especially if you are a caregiver for someone who is elderly or has an underlying condition that could make them more vulnerable to either catching or dying from the disease, now is the time to be smart and make at least two COVID-19 prevention plans: One to help keep you and your loved ones free from the virus. Two, a plan for what to do in case of an outbreak in your community, or if you’ve been close to someone who develops symptoms &/or tests positive for the disease. PLAN ONE: COVID-19 Prevention & Preparation  Practice stringent personal health habits starting now. Make sure everyone in your household knows and follows the everyday actions that can help with COVID-19 prevention and spread: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after leaving your home and returning. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol. Elderly family members may need extra and/or written reminders and support to remember to use preventive hygienic practices. Put signs in the bathroom to remind them to wash their hands for 20 seconds. Demonstrate thorough

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