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Stay Safe with Social Distancing

Stay Safe with Social Distancing

In the past few weeks, Coronavirus has continued to expand and impact countries around the world in devastating ways. Schools and universities have moved to online education; offices have told employees to work at home if possible; restaurants and bars only have to-go services available. With this pandemic, media coverage and social media mentions have led to some misinformation. Here are the facts and what you can do to help support the efforts to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. 


Coronavirus is spread through exposure to viral particles. This could be through droplets from coughs or sneezes or through standing within 6 ft of someone who has it. In the United States, as of March 20, there are 14,322 cases. This number has continued to increase over the past few days.  This article written by Tomas Pueyo shows graphs illustrating the number of cases per country, daily growth rates, and other information. Based on this New York Times article, the US has not tested patients as rigorously when compared to other countries. As testing increases through establishing drive-though testing sites and using commercial labs to test samples, the number of cases will continue to escalate. While all of this information can seem daunting, considering context is essential. When comparing various countries, also consider the population of those countries as compared to the number of cases.


The CDC has provided guidelines for staying safe. Wash your hands for 20 seconds. Using soap and water is essential after being in public areas, coughing, or sneezing. Here are handwashing songs from the Arizona government that make the 20 seconds go by faster. If soap and water are not available, make sure to use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Additionally, keep your hands away from your face in order to decrease the chance of germs invading your body. Avoid contact with people in order to decrease the spread of germs. Lastly, continue to clean surfaces regularly to kill any germs that may be on it. 


Social distancing is a term that has permeated through social media recently. Social distancing is taking precautions and staying away from others in order to help slow down the virus. By canceling events, conferences, concerts and other activities, the chances for an infected person to transmit the virus to a healthy person decrease. Here is a graphic that shows the effects of social distancing. With coronavirus, symptoms may not show up for 14 days. This can make it difficult for people to know if they have the virus. If you are feeling sick, stay home in order to protect more vulnerable people. By practicing social distancing, we are helping our healthcare workers and people more susceptible to contracting severe cases of coronavirus by trying to slow the spread.


At Cold FAid, keeping you, your family, friends, neighbors, and communities safe is important to us. Your health is our priority. Practice social distancing, so we can continue to support our medical professionals and promote wellness for all.  

Have a safe St. Patrick’s Day!

Have a safe St. Patrick’s Day!

One day a year, beers around the United States turn green and leprechauns come out to play. St. Patrick’s Day is synonymous with partying and wearing green on college campuses. When drinking green beer and eating chocolate coins, staying safe is key- don’t drink and drive. 


Drinking and driving endangers yourself, others in your car, and additional vehicles on your own. While it may seem easiest at the time, driving while intoxicated can end in injuries or death. The CDC provides statistics about fatalities due to driving under the influence from each state. In New York, the CDC reports that 3,752 people died due to crashes involving drunk drivers between 2003 and 2012. 


Before going out, choose a designated driver. This person can bring a fun, nonalcoholic drink as a treat, so they are not tempted. If everyone would like to indulge, Juno, Lyft, Uber, taxis, and other lift services are a great way to safely make it home. Split the cost between friends. This economical and safe option is a great way to have a fun night out. 


When drinking alcohol, make good decisions to stay safe. To have the most control over how alcohol affects your body, eat hearty food and drink water.  When consuming alcohol on an empty stomach, alcohol is absorbed more quickly. This impacts how quickly you get drunk. Keep track of how much you are drinking in order to keep you hydrated. For each alcoholic beverage, drink a glass of water.  The University of Missouri provides this outline of how blood alcohol. 


Make this St. Patrick’s day lucky by being safe and having fun! Here at Cold FAid, we wish the “luck o' the Irish to Ya” in 2020!




Random Acts of Kindness 

Random Acts of Kindness 

 


Have you ever been in a rush or experienced a day where everything seemed to be challenging? Have you had a terrible day? Throughout a year, you interact with hundreds of people. While some may be a quick interaction, others may lead to interesting conversations, friendships, or relationships. Often we cannot tell what is going on in someone’s life by looking at them. Hearing stories about random acts of kindness can fill you with joy and renew the idea of good people in the world. Here are 3 ways that you can spread kindness in your life. 


Do good 

Many opportunities arrive throughout a day to show someone else that you care. While grand gestures often make headlines, the little moments can mean the most. Simply holding the door open for someone or carrying groceries into a neighbor's house may help to show you care. Write sweet Post-It notes and post them around your house or work. Call someone you have not talked with in a while and share a memory. Text a loved one letting them know how much they mean to you. Here is a list of 50 other Random Acts of Kindness.


Secret Buddies 

A great way to foster a positive work environment is through creating a secret buddies program. Secret Santa and White Elephant gift exchanges can be fun during the holidays, but it is nice to have a small ‘thinking of you’ treat throughout the year. Set a price limit of $1 or $5. Some groups have a secret buddy for a year before they reveal who they are, while others change buddies each month. Through secret buddies, employees learn about their co-workers' interests. This link provides an implementation for creating a secret buddies month.


Pay it forward

We have all heard a story about someone paying it forward. Whether it is a teenager who pays for an older woman’s dinner or a family that pays for a couple’s coffee in the morning, these stories show someone that they are seen. This small act can be very meaningful. Showing one person kindness sets off a chain reaction and spreads happiness to others. 


Let someone you care about know that you want them to stay as healthy as possible by sending them a Cold FAid kit. Help stop a long-lasting cold by using these 4 over-the-counter medications and the subsequent Cold FAid app to manage symptoms. For the month of February, all Cold FAid kits are 50% off. Read more from about Cold FAid through the blog Blonde Charm’s review. This kit and its research-based strategy will shorten the life of a cold and help you rebound to spread kindness. 


Show others you care by spreading kindness!