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Due to COVID-19, Keiro has decided to transition all of our scheduled in-person events in 2020 to alternative formats. Read full statement here.
From staying home and maintaining safe physical distance to practicing good hygiene habits like not touching our faces, we have adopted new lifestyle habits with COVID-19. Since March 19, 2020, we have been staying home and practicing physical distancing. However, the virus is still actively spreading, even as we learn new ways to interact with each other. As more businesses and organizations reopen and people gather in groups, we need to prepare ourselves for potential second and third waves, or even another Safer at Home Order. Here are some things to think about as we navigate the changing landscape of the coronavirus pandemic.
In the event of a second Safer at Home Order, we now know that we do not need to rush out and panic-buy food and supplies. With newly gained knowledge on what we need while staying safe at home, we can plan better for the future.
It is also important to continue being a healthy news consumer. Make sure you are receiving your news through trustworthy sources. Think twice while looking at the news or information shared by friends or family, as not everything is true or accurate. To learn more about how to be a healthy news consumer, read the article here.
While we hopefully will not face shortages in the stores again, it is important to have those essential goods on hand. Items that were previously harder to find are back on store shelves. While buying items in mass may give us peace-of-mind or make us feel safe in such uncertain times, keep in mind that there is a difference between stocking up and hoarding.
It is also important to continue limiting your outings to the store. Aim to get enough supplies to last you two weeks. Consider less crowded hours and utilize senior hours that many stores still have. If you are buying in bulk at places such as Costco or Sam’s Club, consider sharing some supplies with nearby family or friends. Some important items to consider having on hand include:
Think about what resources or support you need since we will likely be staying home for an extended period of time. Consider any tasks or errands you would like to accomplish before another Safer at Home Order takes effect. Some examples include:
Staying home and physical distancing are the best ways to protect ourselves from infection. However, it is important that we are prepared for the event in which we or someone in our household tests positive for COVID-19. Consider the following:
The COVID-19 pandemic is unpredictable, but we need to continue doing our best to be prepared. Again, the best way to avoid getting COVID-19 is to stay home, practice physical distancing, and maintain good sanitation practices. Even though more places and spaces are opening up, the risk still remains high for older adults. Use the tips provided here to get ready for the next time nonessential businesses may close and we have to follow stricter stay at home rules.
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