March 5 Corona Virus Update

CONNECTING
You might want to check in with your neighbors to see if anyone is particularly vulnerable to the virus. Safety could be as simple as a single daily text back and forth, and if the text doesn’t happen, a phone check-in. And if that doesn’t work, call for medical assistance for them. If everybody on your block has a buddy (and it doesn’t have to be you) we’ll all be much better prepared.

If you know folks who live in elder residences, this is a good time to phone them (or see if you can set up a video visit). Elder housing complexes are desperate to prevent transmission, as they should be. But the folks who live there can be stuck in their apartments or rooms and it can get boring and lonely. I remember when my folks lived at the Willows. They’d get locked down by some bug that someone had caught somewhere in the complex, for sometimes up to a week. My folks would go out of their minds. Do NOT go visit in person but it’s a good time to check in. And the same goes for any elderly or immunocompromised neighbors. Or far flung family and friends. It’s a good time to connect!

HOW HAND WASHING WORKS
From the incomparable Tom Noddy: Solid, understandable information
Soap and detergent molecules are odd.
One end of a soap molecule is a lot like grease, it doesn’t like water, it’s “hydrophobic”.
But the other end of soap molecules are “hydrophilic” they like water (they are attracted to water molecules, electrically, like when your socks are attracted to the other clothes in the drier).
So, unlike grease, soap goes into solution with water when each molecule works to attach itself to a nearby water molecule.
But meanwhile, the end that doesn’t like water is looking for some place to go to get away from the water. Everywhere it turns there is more water and water repels that end of the soap or detergent molecule … where can it go to get away from the water?
Well, if you can then offer it something, maybe something non-watery, maybe something dirty or greasy, then the end of the soap molecule that doesn’t like water can attach itself to the grease to get away from the water.
For the soap, that’s a perfect solution, the end that likes water is attached to a water molecule and the end that doesn’t is now attached to grease.
If you wipe it a bit then the soap molecules can and do completely surround the grease (and any germs (bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa) that might be stuck to the grease). Then you can float that stuff away in the flood of soapy water.
So, no … soap doesn’t disinfect … it doesn’t kill virus but it can vastly lower the accumulation of them from your skin and remove the hiding places that could otherwise hold virus close.
A 60% alcohol solution is useful between the times that you can get yourself to soap and water but all of that alcohol is going to wreak havoc with your skin and it’s going to kill the good and bad bacteria and rework the ecosystem each time.
The first line of defense really is washing with soap (or detergent) and water.

SCIENCE BEHIND A BIG PICTURE
From someone I know and have confidence in.
https://bedford.io/blog/ncov-cryptic-transmission/

MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ORIENTATION
Thursday, March 26 6:00-7:30pm
Fireplace Conference Room
625 Halleck Street, Bellingham
This is a meeting for potential hosts. I have decided to postpone the meeting I had planned for next weekend and let folks go to this one instead. For more information, contact Victor Street neighbor Greg Hope at oem@cob.org or 360-778-8443.

March 4 Neighborhood Update

VOTING
Over 36,000 Washington State primary ballots have been reported as rejected for failure to specify a party. 5,000 Whatcom County people did not check the box and their ballots have been rejected. See the “County Rejected Ballot List.” Contact the county if your name is listed. You get a second chance. Please make sure you choose a party. Party choice is for this particular primary only and will have no impact on your future choices. Also, if you have already voted and your candidate has now dropped out, if you have not already turned in your ballot, you can request another. Once your ballot has been processed by your local county elections office, it’s not possible to change your vote. I decided before my ballot arrived that I would wait to vote till March 9th. If you do not vote your Presidential Primary ballot you will still receive a ballot to vote in the November 3 General Election. Contact information for Whatcom County Auditor’s Office:  360-778-5102.
https://votewashington.info/voter/wa/wm

WILD THINGS
(Nature discovery for families with children age six and younger)
Every Friday in March – 9:30-11:00AM
March: Whatcom Falls Park (Upper Playground).
By donation ($5)
Let’s listen in to the spring songs of the birds and frogs along this waterway through one of our favorite parks. We’ll search for signs of spring and check out what the beavers had for dinner!
Holly Roger
(360) 393-7827
Nature Nerd@WildWhatcom.org

JIGSAW PUZZLE SWAP
Saturday, March 7th – 4pm-5:30pm (Change Of Date)
Connections Building at the Downtown Food Co-op
405 East Holly Street, Bellingham
We are doing a jigsaw puzzle swap! Open house style. Come when you would like and see what is up for grabs.
Bring a puzzle. Take a puzzle.
All puzzles must be complete. No missing pieces.
Puzzles of 20 pieces and more accepted in original box.
Can’t make it? We would love your donated puzzles to get things started.
Free Admission. Donations welcome to DVSAS and/or the Community Food Co-op for donating the space.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/474498500162327/
Kate Ferry

8th ANNUAL WHATCOM COUNTY SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR
Saturday, March 7th
This upcoming community event is hosted by The Franklin Academy
and powered by Alcoa. The fair is open to all
K-12 students in Whatcom County and students can select from four
divisions: Experiment, Engineering/Invention/Maker, Demonstration, and
Collection. More information about the science fair, registration
packets, volunteering as a judge, project ideas, and resources can be
found at www.whatcomcountysciencefair.com.  Contact WCSEF coordinator
directly at sciencefair at thefranklin.academy to request an information
packet, to become a sponsor, or to have a business exhibit at this
year’s event.
Natalie Bennett
E Victor Street
(360) 733-1750 ext. 1509

SHELTER FROM THE STORM

LOCAL SHELTER OPTIONS AND WAYS TO VOLUNTEER
* Shelter hotline: This recorded message is updated by 9 a.m. daily by the Opportunity Council. (360) 788-7983
* County website: The Whatcom County Health Department webpage will be updated with severe weather information when it is open. www.whatcomcounty.us/homelessshelter
* City website: The City of Bellingham’s Addressing Homelessness page is available through searching “homeless” and a link is being made available on the homepage. www.cob.org/homeless
* Interactive map: The City has provided an interactive map with information about each of the emergency shelters. www.cob.org/shelters
* Facebook: The County (https://www.facebook.com/WhatcomCountyGovernment/) and the City (https://www.facebook.com/cityofbellingham/) will continue to provide outreach through social media as shelters are activated.
* Volunteers: The Volunteer Center of Whatcom County is helping with volunteer recruitment. Volunteers can find more information here: https://whatcomvolunteer.galaxydigital.com/need/?s=1&need_init_id=515
Hannah Stone
Kulshan Street

END OF LIFE PLANNING

[I hope none of us needs this right now, but it’s good to have paperwork in order. Now more than ever. I’ve been trying to encourage end of life planning for years. If you’ve just been added to the list, you might not know that this isn’t new. I’ve been publishing these events for a long time. I’m thinking it could leave a weird impression for first time subscribers! ~Fl!p]

THINK ABOUT THE UNTHINKABLE
Healthcare 101: Serious illness or accident can happen at any age.
In most states, when a person reaches age 18, they are a legal stranger to their parents. A parent has no more right to obtain medical information on a legal-age daughter or son than they would to obtain information about a stranger on the street. That’s true even if a young adult is covered by the parents’ health insurance, and the parents are paying the bill. That alone is reason to name a durable power of attorney for healthcare and to complete an advance directive on that milestone birthday.
On March 10, at 3:30pm, Bill Lombard MD, a nephrologist, will present “The Realities of Advanced Medical Interventions,” at WWU’s Viking Union Room 462. Dr. Lombard will present in frank terms the meanings of advanced medical interventions and what their outcomes could mean in the short and long term.
One of the most familiar interventions is cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
The “reality” of CPR is much different than depicted on television.
Dr. Lombard’s presentation supports good decision-making in preparation for completion of an advance directive.
On March 12, at 3:30pm, same venue, Bill Ciao, DMD, a certified advance care planning facilitator, will lead an advance directive workshop.
These presentations are sponsored by Western’s community health program, RN-to-BSN nursing program, and Palliative Care Institute.
If you have a son or daughter attending college hundreds of miles and several states away from home, learn how to help them have a say in the aftermath of a medical emergency, to be firmly in control of medical treatments and to help ensure family peace of mind.
Micki Jackson
http://www.cascadiaweekly.com/cw/features/category/mail

IS DEATH TOO SERIOUS FOR HUMOR?
Saturday, April 4, 2020 – 7:00pm
Sylvia Center for the Arts, 207 Prospect St, Bellingham, WA 98225
All of us are aware of the inevitability of life’s final journey, yet most of us have difficulty lightening up about it. Death is “serious business” and therefore we seldom see any place for humor in it. However, humor and a chance to laugh can provide relief for our anxieties about death. When we joke about death, we take the mystery out of it and begin to get the upper hand on our fears. So –  the Palliative Care Institute invites you to an evening of improv theatre with the theme of The Departure Lounge.  Some of Bellingham’s most talented improv artists will play with some of our common fears, myths, and denials. We know that death, dying, and loss are no laughing matter, but those who find a bit of humor in the process may find a bit of comfort. Come giggle, laugh, and perhaps even cry (with laughter) at the absurdities of this final journey.
Tickets – $10.00 in advance. $15.00 at the door
https://pci.wwu.edu/

THE DEPARTURE LOUNGE
All these events are at:
Unity Spiritual Center
1095 Telegraph Road, B’ham

Planning your trip of a lifetime!

BEING MORTAL
APRIL 15     10:00AM and 6:00PM
Unity Spiritual Center
1095 Telegraph Road, B’ham
This FRONTLINE public television documentary, based on physician Atul Gawande’s book of the same title, explores patient and family hopes when faced with a terminal diagnosis and their relationships with the physicians who care for them. Dr. Gawande sheds new light on our healthcare system…and the importance of talking about our true priorities. The documentary will spark dialogue and reflections on what matters most to us. Bring your questions and curiosity.

THE REALITIES OF ADVANCED MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS
APRIL 22    10:00AM and 6:00PM
Unity Spiritual Center
1095 Telegraph Road, B’ham
Rebecca Rech Cutler, RN, BSN, a member of Unity Spiritual Center and faith community nurse, with hospice and home health experience, will present in frank terms the meanings of advanced medical interventions, and what outcomes could mean in the short and the long term for patients and families. This presentation supports good decision-making and deeper understanding before illness or accident occurs. It is preparation to complete a reliable, values-based Advance Directive.

ADVANCE CARE PLANNING WORKSHOPS
APRIL 29    10:00AM and 6:00PM
Unity Spiritual Center
1095 Telegraph Road, B’ham
10:00AM workshop: Bill Ciao, DMD, practiced dentistry for over 30 years.  In retirement, Dr. Ciao is a volunteer, certified Advance Care Planning facilitator.
6:00PM workshop: Tessa Whitlock, Chuckanut Health Foundation Operations Coordinator, was trained and certified as an Advance Care Planning facilitator when she served at Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement.
They will guide participants in these interactive ACP workshops through completion of an an Advance Directive that is consistent with their healthcare goals, values, and beliefs.  For those who complete their AD, FREE notary service will be available on-site.

EXTREMIS
May 6    10:00AM and 6:00PM
Unity Spiritual Center
1095 Telegraph Road, B’ham
This short award-winning documentary shows in stark reality what often occurs when family members are stuck in the awesome position of deciding whether a loved one should remain on life support…or not…and whether they are making that decision for the patient’s good or their own. Following the documentary, a presentation:
SIX OPTIONS AT THE END OF LIFE: YOUR CHOICE
Dwight Moore, PhD, psychologist and volunteer for the End of Life Washington organization for seven years, will examine each of the six choices, with particular attention to Washington State’s Death with Dignity law. In consultation with two physicians, people who have a six-month terminal prognosis, may choose to take medication to end their life if that is their wish. He will address some of the moral dilemmas involved, some requirements of the law, and invites your questions.

DEATH CAFE —  “pop up” version
May 13    10:00AM and 6:00PM
Unity Spiritual Center
1095 Telegraph Road, B’ham
The Death Cafe phenomenon began in England in September, 2011.  Since then, 10,130 Death Cafes “opened” in 69 countries. Discussions at Death Cafes cover a range of topics related to death and dying, to increase awareness, to normalize conversations and acceptance about death, and to make the most of our finite lives.  Lively, fun, poignant conversations served with tea and cake!
For more information: Micki Jackson (360) 201-7840 micki98226@aol.com
healthministriesnetwork.net/the-departure-lounge

SPANISH!
Also, There’s lots going on the the Advance Care Planning world: One fabulous development! Micki has recruited Dr. Alejandro (Alex) Rey to present The Realities of Advanced Medical Interventions in Spanish! Dr. Rey is a FAMILY CARE NETWORK hospitalist. He’s a gem!Micki has already got a Latina social worker, to lead followup ACP workshops in Spanish — Claudia Luna.  So, we’re positioned to better serve this underserved (and often vulnerable) population. If you know Spanish speakers, please help them connect to Micki.
(360) 201-7840
micki98226@aol.com

EDITOR’S CORNER

SUPPORT OF TRADITIONAL AND FOLK ARTS AND ARTISTS DURING COVID-19 EPIDEMIC
Here are some ideas about how we might minimize the effect of COVID-19 on traditional and folk music, dance, and all arts and artists, from my folkie friend (and doctor) Catherine Britell.
https://catherinebritell.blogspot.com/2020/03/support-of-traditional-and-folk-arts.html

RIDE FROM EVERETT FOR RUG?
I’m looking for a ride from Everett for a 5×9 rug (rolled up). Someone on Craigslist has one I’d like to buy, but not badly enough to drive round trip to go get it. The sellers are about a mile and a half from I-5. I’ve got a ride offer for Sunday, but if someone can pick it up sooner, it’s more likely to still be available. Thanks!
Fl!p Breskin
Cherry Street
360-671-4511

—NUTS & BOLTS—

March 4 Corona Virus Update

COVID-19 VIRUS
It starts with a fever & a dry cough. Watch for that; not a cold.
The good news is that 80% of people have mild disease, the ones that get sicker do so after 5-7 days, so keep that in mind if you have a flu like illness.
https://ncov2019.live/data

Hygiene
Washington state warns voters they shouldn’t lick their mail-in ballots. Wash your hands as if you were just chopping jalapenos and you need to take your contacts out.

China Cases Declining: Lots of very useful information
“….The symptoms are most commonly fever and dry cough (not a runny nose and cold). The key is having an informed population, finding cases, rapidly isolating them. The faster you isolate cases is what breaks the chains. Making sure close contacts are quarantined and monitored until you know if they’re infected. It’s the close contacts, not everyone. Clustering happened: was it in a hospital, an old-age home, theaters, restaurants? We found it was predominantly in families…..”
https://www.vox.com/2020/3/2/21161067/coronavirus-covid19-china

Comic For Kids About CoronaVirus
https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus
Darrah Blanton
Wiliiams Street

Here is a good, reliable, local source for information:
https://www.whatcomcounty.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1617
This website has links to other reliable websites.
1. If you think you might be getting sick, stay home! If you are sick with fever & dry cough, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care. Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
2. If you show severe symptoms, phone before going to your doctor’s office or the ER.
3. Make plans and preparations now. You are probably safe, but community effort will vastly reduce the amount of harm/ disruption overall.
4. Buy enough supplies to allow you to stay inside 2-3 weeks if necessary (non-perishable food, household items, medication mostly). Don’t hoard; do share.
5. Wash your hands frequently, sterilize doorknobs etc. Soap and hot water work vastly better than hand sanitizer. You can make your own sanitizer, but soap works better.
6. You shouldn’t be stockpiling masks or other medical supplies. They are needed in hospitals to keep our healthcare workers healthy.
It feels like this is where the rubber meets the road for us as a community. Please help your neighbors. Stay in touch with them. Shop for folks who shouldn’t go out. You can make a plan with them to drop off groceries on their doorstep. Phone and give them a good listening to. That’s something we can all do for each other right now.

Calm voice, good sense:
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/preparing-for-coronavirus-to-strike-the-u-s/

LOCAL RESOURCES
[From neighbor Greg Hope, to the CERT group. Sharing with permission]
Official, reliable, local sources of information
·         Whatcom County Health Department: http://www.whatcomcounty.us/3329/Novel-Coronavirus-COVID-19
◦ Fact sheets are available on this site in English, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and Mandarin.
·         Washington State Department of Health: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
·         US Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov
The Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) is reminding Whatcom residents to take steps to protect their health and prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections. At this time, WCHD is not recommending other community-based strategies for infection control, such as school closures or canceling large public gatherings or events.

No cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Whatcom County as of Monday afternoon. [Four people are being tested as of Wednesday night.]

For more information on novel coronavirus
This is an emerging outbreak with rapidly evolving information. Updates will be made as new information emerges on the DOH website and Whatcom County Health Department’s website. The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington state, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #. You can also follow DOH & Whatcom County on social media.

March 3 Neighborhood Update

FLIP ON THE RADIO TONIGHT
I forgot earlier. I’m on local station KRME 102.3 FM tonight from 7 – 8 PM. I got interviewed last night. Zeke tried to set up to listen in, and it took him more than a few minutes to get set up to listen online.

MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
Saturday March 14 at 10:00 AM at our house
Meeting for folks considering hosting a disaster preparedness meeting on their own block. I’m glad to come facilitate one 2-hour gathering on your block. At this meeting, we’ll go over how to get your neighbors to come. RSVP Fl!p Breskin 360-671-4511 flip@columbianeighborhood.org

JIGSAW PUZZLE SWAP
Saturday, March 7th – 4pm-5:30pm (Change Of Date)
Connections Building at the Downtown Food Co-op
405 East Holly Street, Bellingham
We are doing a jigsaw puzzle swap! Open house style. Come when you would like and see what is up for grabs.
Bring a puzzle. Take a puzzle.
All puzzles must be complete. No missing pieces.
Puzzles of 20 pieces and more accepted in original box.
Can’t make it? We would love your donated puzzles to get things started.
Free Admission. Donations welcome to DVSAS and/or the Community Food Co-op for donating the space.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/474498500162327/
Kate Ferry

RIDE FROM EVERETT FOR RUG?
I’m looking for a ride from Everett for a 5×9 rug (rolled up). Someone on Craigslist has one I’d like to buy, but not badly enough to drive round trip to go get it. The sellers are about a mile and a half from I-5.
Fl!p Breskin
2518 Cherry Street
360-671-4511

March 3 Corona Virus Update

CORONA VIRUS
[From neighbor Greg Hope, to the CERT group. Sharing with permission]
I invite you to help our community in reducing stigma and discrimination associated with this disease outbreak. When it comes to protecting the public’s health, we are all in this together, and allowing misinformation to spread, stigma to thrive, or otherwise ostracizing community members is counter-productive to improving public health and safety. We can each speak up if we hear, see, or read stigmatizing or harassing comments or misinformation. And we must all show compassion and support for individuals and communities most closely impacted and anyone who might be sick. Stigma is not going to fight this outbreak, but together, we can.

Official, reliable sources of information
·  Whatcom County Health Department: http://www.whatcomcounty.us/3329/Novel-Coronavirus-COVID-19
◦Fact sheets are available on this site in English, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and Mandarin.
· Washington State Department of Health: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
· US Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov
The Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) is reminding Whatcom residents to take steps to protect their health and prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections. At this time, WCHD is not recommending other community-based strategies for infection control, such as school closures or canceling large public gatherings or events.

No cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Whatcom County as of Monday afternoon.

“We understand that people are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in our region, and it’s likely that we will see more cases of COVID-19 in the days and weeks to come,” said Dr. Greg Stern, Whatcom County Health Officer. “We are urging community members to practice personal prevention steps such as washing hands frequently and staying home when sick. These actions help to not only keep individuals healthy, but are also important to help slow the spread of disease through a community.”

PERSONAL PREVENTION STEPS
Everyone should take simple steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses:
· Wash your hands frequently.
· Avoid touching your face.
· Cough and sneeze into a bent elbow or tissue, then throw away the tissue.
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
· Stay home when you or a family member is sick.
· Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces.
People with mild symptoms should stay home and rest. People who are severely ill or at high risk for severe illness should stay home and call their health care provider.

Public health officials do not recommend healthy people wear masks to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. People who are sick should wear masks when they are seeking medical care. It is important that supplies of masks and other personal protective equipment remain available for health care providers who are evaluating and treating ill people.

PLANNING AHEAD
COVID-19 is likely to continue to spread in Washington. Although school closures and other community-based actions to prevent transmission of COVID-19 are not currently recommended, community members can take steps now to prepare for the possible spread of COVID-19 locally by planning ahead for how to adjust work and home routines.
·Plan for how you will care for kids or other loved ones at home. Talk about how you’ll arrange childcare if schools or childcare facilities are closed. When schools are closed, children should also avoid gathering together.
·Discuss sick leave policies and telework options with your employer. If you need to stay home to care for kids or other loved ones, you may be able to work remotely.
·Be ready to help neighbors and elders in your community. Plan for ways that you can help take care of people who are at greater risk for serious illness, like people with chronic health conditions or people over 65. Talk with your neighbors, and plan for ways you can help take care of one another, like dropping off groceries on their doorstep or taking turns with childcare.

For more information on novel coronavirus
This is an emerging outbreak with rapidly evolving information. Updates will be made as new information emerges on the DOH website and Whatcom County Health Department’s website. The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington state, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #. You can also follow DOH & Whatcom County on social media.

March 2 Corona Virus Update

CORONA VIRUS
Be prepared to help care for your neighbors. Share food and supplies but not germs. Wash your hands.
Here is a good, reliable, local source for information:
https://www.whatcomcounty.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1617
This website has links to other reliable websites.

1. If you think you might be getting sick, stay home! If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care. Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
2. If you show severe symptoms, phone before going to your doctor’s office or the ER.
3. You shouldn’t be stockpiling masks or other medical supplies. They are needed in hospitals to keep our healthcare workers healthy.
4. Make preparations now. You are probably safe, but community effort will vastly reduce the amount of harm/ disruption overall.
5. Buy enough supplies gradually to allow you to stay inside 2-3 weeks if necessary (nonperishable food, household items, medication mostly).  Don’t hoard; do share.
6. Wash your hands frequently, sterilize doorknobs etc. Soap and hot water work vastly better than hand sanitizer. You can make your own hand sanitizer if you want some. There are lots of recipes online.

It feels like this is where the rubber meets the road for us as a community. Please help your neighbors. Stay in touch with them. Shop for folks who shouldn’t go out. You can make a plan with them to drop off groceries on their doorstep. Phone and give them a good listening to. That’s something we can all do for each other right now.

Useful Links:
Preparing For CoronaVirus
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/preparing-for-coronavirus-to-strike-the-u-s/

The Safe Sneeze by Mythbusters
[Use your elbow please]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vw0hIs2LEg&feature=youtu.be

FACE TOUCHING
[From NY Times, 3/2/2020]
To break the face-touching habit, try using a tissue if you need to scratch your nose or rub your eyes. Wearing makeup may reduce face touching, since it may make you more mindful of not smudging it. One study found that women touched their faces far less when they wore makeup. Another solution: Try to identify triggers for face touching, like dry skin or itchy eyes, and use moisturizers or eye drops to treat those conditions so you are less likely to rub or scratch your face.
It also may help to wear glasses to create a barrier to touching your eyes. Gloves or mittens can also make you more mindful of not touching your face (and can make it more difficult to put your finger in your nose or your eye). Although gloves, too, can become contaminated, viruses don’t live as long on fabric or leather.
Given that face touching is a long-ingrained habit, it makes sense to remain vigilant about frequent hand washing and wipe down your desk, phones and community surfaces. Carry hand sanitizer and use it often. The more mindful you are about regular hand washing, the more mindful you will be about your hands and what they are touching.

March 1 Corona Virus Update

CORONA VIRUS PREPARATION
Be prepared to help care for your neighbors. Share food and supplies but not germs. Wash your hands.
Here is a good, reliable, local source for information:
https://www.whatcomcounty.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1617
This website has links to other reliable websites.
1. If you think you might be getting sick, stay home! If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care. Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
2. Make preparations now. You are probably safe, but community effort will vastly reduce the amount of harm/ disruption overall.
3. Buy enough supplies gradually to allow you to stay inside 2-3 weeks if necessary (nonperishable food, household items, medication mostly).
    Don’t hoard; do share.
4. Wash your hands frequently, sterilize doorknobs etc. Soap and hot water work vastly better than hand sanitizer.
5. You shouldn’t be stockpiling masks or other medical supplies. They are needed in hospitals to keep our healthcare workers healthy.
It feels like this is where the rubber meets the road for us as a community. Please help your neighbors. Stay in touch with them. Shop for folks who shouldn’t go out. You can make a plan with them to drop off groceries on their doorstep. Phone and give them a good listening to. That’s something we can all do for each other right now.