Articles and Resources about COVID-19
Thank you, Widener University, for offering this free, ‘at-your-own-leisure’ deep-dive into COVID-19 and the pandemic! The course is available now through lifelonglearning.widener.edu and registration is available in on ongoing basis through the university website at www.widener.edu/.
BOTTOM LINE: This must not be about politics. It has to be about our children and about keeping everyone safe from the COVID pandemic. The data is still coming in on many of the critical challenges we must resolve in order to safely open our schools. Please read this article with an open mind…and please be open to new scientific evidence and responsible proposals based on that evidence as they appear.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: The risks of aerosols vs. droplets and how to better protect yourself indoors.
GOOD NEWS: Far safer than indoor gatherings! Here is the data to date, along with a few common-sense suggestions to protect you and your family.
‘Yellow’ does not mean this is over. Here are 4 simple guidelines to follow during this phase of re-opening.
Creative leadership! This is how we help each other get through this. We are one community.
THE COVID CRISIS is shining a spotlight on our health insurance system and proving the need for UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE.
Millions are losing their employer-based coverage. Thank goodness Obamacare is available to them!
AN ELECTION LIKE NO OTHER IN DELCO:
- All paper ballots
- No counting votes at the polls
- Probable 72-hour wait for final results
- Many polling places closed or moved
Kudos to the DelCo Election Board and County Council for making this election as safe as possible for all of us.
A deadly cloud within a deadly cloud.
From the article:
“We know that this is an issue that is only going to get worse as more people are isolating and experiencing economic distres and the things that can also exacerbate domestic violence … The risk of escalation right now is very high because of the fact that people are obviously basically trapped in the home with people who may be escalating an abusive behavior.”
Factors contributing to the escalation include unemployment, increased substance abuse, stress in the household and having a firearm in the household.
Domestic violence, Cooper explained, also is not solely physical and it includes emotional, mental and financial abuse, such as someone taking advantage of the stimulus funds that have been made available.
“Exit strategies are limited,” Cooper said. “Secure locations that we might suggest a survivor go to like a hospital or a courthouse are currently difficult to access … The good news is that right now there are many ways that we can bridges those gaps.”
Colleen Lelli, director of the Barbara and John Jordan Center for Children of Trauma and Domestic Violence Education at Cabrini University, said besides text messaging and chats for safety planning and services, even therapy and counseling services are being offered in Zoom-like platforms.
Help remains available whether victims are ready to leave their abuser or not, even in these COVID times, Lelli, who is also co-president of the Laurel House domestic violence agency in Montgomery County, explained.
“We’re much more than a shelter,” she said, adding they’ll help victims with answers to “What can I do to protect myself while I’m living in this situation? What can I do to get ready?
“It’s not just about leaving,” Lelli said. “It’s about getting ready or protecting myself if I’m going to stay.”
Some recommendations for those living in volatile situations include trying not to be in a room without a door and trying not to be near weapons with an abuser.
“We recognize that they can’t always leave,” she said.
Please support Laurel House and Jordan Center for Children of Trauma and Domestic Violence Education
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Here is some helpful–and reassuring–information from experts.
Self-employed? Independent contractor?
Follow the link to apply for unemployment benefits.
GOV. WOLF OUTLINES PLAN TO RE-OPEN
It’s a sensible approach steeped in science and local conditions across the Commonwealth. It will keep us safe while we re-engage the economic gears.
From the article:
‘Pennsylvania will gradually reopen its economy using a “regional, sector-based approach” and a modeling tool that will help public officials decide when it’s safe, according to a plan he announced Friday afternoon.
The plan…does not include a timetable or many details about the metrics that Gov. Tom Wolf and his administration will use to decide that Pennsylvania can begin emerging from the coronavirus pandemic after weeks of social distancing.
Employers and other organizations that are permitted to reopen will be required to follow guidance from the state Department of Health and other state agencies.
A “strong testing regime” must be in place in areas that are permitted to reopen. And limitations on mass gatherings will remain in place.’
Separating fact from fiction so you can have some peace of mind.
Please #StaySafe with this COVID-19 guide for older adults.
Good information for those of us who use the trails, whether we run, walk or cycle.
From the article:
‘The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone now wear a mask of some kind when they leave home, and some municipalities require a facial covering if you are outside.
Masks also could reassure people with whom you share paths or sidewalks while running and who, in my experience, have started to shy away when we runners pant by.’
YOU ARE NOT ALONE! We’ll get through this together.
Here’s the phone number to call if you need to talk about it: 1-855-284-2494
TTY, dial 724-631-5600
This 100-second video shows you how to quickly convert a bandanna to a face mask.
The above link has the information you’ll need to file.
This is well-worth 57:06 of your time today.
Stay safe; be cautious; stay calm.
Here’s a good explanation of the risks and some reasonable responses to this everyday situation we all face.
Direct link to answer all your questions about UNEMPLOYMENT COMP & WORKERS COMP, and how to apply, as well.
Small business owners and entrepreneurs can click the above link to better understand the new programs that are now available to you.
Everything you need to know in 1 article.
Here’s the latest list of essential (open) and non-essential (closed) activities.
Please do what you can!
It’s ok to leave your home to make a life-saving donation. Read the article for details about how to donate safely.
A lot of people are asking about this. Bon appetite!
HERE ARE DETAILS ABOUT THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER.
BEGINS 8PM MONDAY MARCH 23!
PLEASE SHARE THIS LINK: https://www.coronavirus.gov
It’s the official Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.
It has up-to-date and accurate information about how to protect yourself and your loved ones.
If you only share 1 link today, let it be this one!
SOCIAL DISTANCING GOT YOU DOWN?
YOU CAN BE SOCIAL & DISTANT AT THE SAME TIME!If you haven’t already discovered it, Zoom is a safe way to stay in touch with friends and family without putting anyone at risk.
It’s easy to use and free…check it out the link above.
WE’LL TAKE GOOD NEWS FROM WHEREVER WE CAN GET IT!
Filing date and payment due date both moved to July 15.
#StaySafe means STAY SAFE FROM ALL DANGERS!
From the article:
‘As efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus have forced millions of Americans to stay home with their family members, domestic violence centers are expecting a surge in activity as people are spend days on end with a partner who may be abusive.
Women Against Abuse, a Philadelphia nonprofit that provides support services to people experiencing intimate partner violence, has seen a nearly 30% increase in calls this week compared with the same week last year.
“Stay home” can be a dangerous directive for some — almost three-quarters of family violence occurs in or near the home of the victim, according to U.S. Department of Justice statistics.
In many families, finances are newly strained, another barrier for people trying to get out. And studies have shown abuse often becomes more severe when a perpetrator is jobless.’
A lot of you are trying to figure out what’s open and what’s closed. Here’s the complete list.
BREAKING: ALL NON-LIFE SUSTAINING BUSINESSES ORDERED CLOSED BY GOVERNOR WOLF.
PLEASE SHARE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT!
It’s both tragic and infuriating that so many people are still not taking this crisis seriously. They are endangering all of us.
Please do what you can (e.g., share this article) to help them understand.
It really is a matter of life or death.
For my part, I’ve been trying to bring you helpful information that you might not otherwise see in your feed. But the above link to the official PA website that has everything you might want to know about dealing with COVID-19.
Have you thought about this? It makes sense.
From the article:
‘A 2017 study published in the journal Germs found a host of bacteria, viruses and pathogens on 27 phones owned by teenagers. The scientists wrote that they “hypothesize that this may play a role in the spread of infectious agents in the community.”
Safe is always better than sorry.
IT’S OK TO BE WORRIED. HERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN DO THAT WILL HELP.
TAKING CARE OF ONE ANOTHER: That is what it’s all about. Please do what you can.
JUST DO IT! Here’s the link:
Please read the entire article carefully to see if you are eligible and for further guidance.
From the article:
‘The drive-through service and the test is being offered ONLY TO PATIENTS REFERRED BY THEIR PENN DOCTORS; it is free, even to uninsured patients, a Penn spokesperson said. Main Line Health opened drive-through testing centers in Newtown Square and Radnor for patients who have been REFERRED FOR A TEST BY A MAIN LINE DOCTOR. Tests are being processed by Quest, and results are typically available in three to five days, a Main Line Health spokesperson said. Patients who do not have a referral from their doctor will not be able to get tested at the Main Line locations. People who are experiencing respiratory illness symptoms and think they should be tested for coronavirus should contact their primary care doctor.’
IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT GETTING THE VIRUS… IT’S ABOUT UNKNOWINGLY TRANSMITTING IT, TOO.
This sobering first-hand account is a clear warning to us all.
As was explained in an earlier post, the best way to protect yourself and others is to act as if you already have it.
I ENCOURAGE YOU TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE.
There are many different aspects to protecting yourself, your friends & neighbors in the days ahead.
It’s wise to explore all of them.
One avenue not mentioned in the article, though, is voting by mail instead of going to the polls on April 28th. Here’s the link to apply for your mail-in ballot: www.VotesPA.com.
The Delaware County Council has created a website with the latest information and updates about the Coronavirus in the county. You might want to bookmark the above link.
ATTENTION CHESTER COUNTY: Track the spread of the virus at the above link.
WORDS OF WISDOM: Imagine you already have it and then change your behavior so you don’t transmit it!
Think about that for a moment and you’ll see how effective his approach really is to protect yourself from contracting the virus.
It’s the most effective way we can protect not just ourselves, but our friends, family, neighbors and community.
Please check out and share this demonstration of why this measure is so critical.
In this crisis, good information has the power to save lives.
As the pandemic spreads across our area, my campaign and I will do our best to help the residents of the 160th District protect themselves by providing the best, most reliable, and current information available.
Together, we will get through this.
Here’s a link to important information presented in easy-to-read charts with the latest updates for the United States and other countries.
More important information for older adults from the Centers For Disease Control.
REACH OUT & ‘TOUCH’ SOMEONE!
We can all maintain proper social distance and still help those who are suffering from epidemic-induced isolation.
We can all be there for someone.
From the article:
“…to compensate for the reduction in in-person social interaction, we must ramp up our virtual communication and ensure we are not losing touch with friends and family.”
Video conferences and phone calls, he said, are “more rich than texting or emailing alone.”
Together, we’ll get through this.
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