Mar 16, 2020
Posted By Heimlich Heroes
Over the past couple months, you’ve been hearing more and more about the “Coronavirus”, or COVID-19. The impact has hit hard in many places across the world. It’s now crept into our personal circles here in the U.S.
Schools at all levels of the spectrum are closing for weeks or months. Sports and theater events are cancelled/postponed. Store shelves and online shopping are out of stock with cleaning and sanitizing supplies we want for peace of mind.
Working parents now have kids at home. Teachers and employees of large companies are working from home, too. State and federal governing bodies are implementing restrictions on travel and large gatherings. Economically, this affects us all. Most of us haven’t lived through anything like this. Maximum efforts are being made to minimize spreading this fast-moving and potentially fatal virus.
COVID-19 symptoms vary from person-to-person. It may produce few or no symptoms. However, it can also lead to severe illness and has been fatal in about 2% of those infected here in the U.S. Common symptoms include fever, breathlessness, cough. You may be infected 2-14 days before noticing any symptoms. Thus, early detection and precautionary efforts are critical.
U.S. testing has shown 1-2% are positive as of today (March 16, 2020). This means 98–99% are symptoms of other respiratory issues. So, if you are exhibiting any of the common symptoms, go to your pharmacy or doctor. Let them swab and test you. Currently our U.S. population is estimated to be 331,002,651. One-two percent would still mean 3-6 million people could eventually be affected by this virus.
This is a new strain of coronavirus; we must slow it down to get ahead of it. That is why a National State of Emergency has been declared. We all must take this situation seriously for the slowdown to occur.
We Know What to Do
There are known precautions we can all take. Lessons learned from past events.
Buying up all the toilet paper and hand sanitizer will not save you. Just get what you need and allow others to do the same. The world has been here before and will survive.
Why Is Heimlich Heroes™ Addressing This?
Heimlich Heroes sends materials and training tools all across the country. Most are disposable (or go home with students). But our training dolls are clearly re-usable. Cleaning them is easy and will help keep your students healthy:
As the dolls are now in your keeping, we want to ensure you know how properly to clean and disinfect. Especially with all the little hands touching them.
Be wise. Be discerning. Be patient. Be kind. Make conscious decisions for your health and the health of those around you.
Erma Bombeck’s famous line, “Worry is like a rocking chair – it gives you something to do but doesn’t get you anywhere” is so true. Avoid getting caught up in the frenzy. Just be aware of where you go and who you see. And know that this season will pass.