Stay Calm In Spite of #COVID-19 #CoronavirusPandemic #Coronavirus #COVID19

The current situation with the novel coronavirus: COVID-19 [recently updated to a global pandemic] will affect us all; one way or another.

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The Toronto Public Health are asking us to get informed. Please visit their website or call 416-338-7600, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for more info: http://Toronto.ca/coronavirus

For right now, we are quite safe.  However, it would probably ease your mind to get educated on what to watch out for!

COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Muscle aches and tiredness
  • Difficulty breathing

Less commonly: sore throat, headache and diarrhea have been reported.

Older patients and those with chronic medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe illness.

Coronaviruses can spread through droplets when a person who has the virus coughs or sneezes, similar to how the flu and other respiratory illnesses are spread.

Some viruses are highly contagious, while other viruses are less so. It’s not clear yet how easily COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person.

In general, everyday preventive actions can help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 15 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share your recent travel history with your health care provider

There are no specific treatments for coronaviruses, and there is no vaccine that protects against coronaviruses. Most people with common human coronavirus illness will recover on their own.

If symptoms feel worse than a standard cold, see your health care practitioner. They can relieve symptoms by prescribing a pain or fever medication.

You should also:

  • drink plenty of fluids
  • get rest and sleep as much as possible
  • try a humidifier or a hot shower to help with a sore throat or cough

If you plan on travelling abroad, the Government of Canada’s official source of destination-specific travel information is their website:  https://travel.gc.ca/  . It provides important advice to help travelers make informed decisions and travel safely while abroad. As this is a rapidly evolving situation, travelers should check the website and consult with their health care provider prior to travelling. You should also check for notices about the destination that you are travelling too:  located on their website too.

REMEMBER, in the end, the decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. Ensure you monitor the news while away, and remember that travellers should expect increased health screening measures at points of entry for international destinations, including airports. Local authorities may impose control measures suddenly, including movement restrictions such as quarantines.

If you are concerned that you have symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing, contact your local Public Health Authority, for what to do next.

GOOD TO DO:   Download Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Awareness resources.

Stay healthy & safe!

 

Freebie Friday – March 6, 2020 #FreebieFriday

It’s been a while since I’ve shared freebies … anything really!  I apologize for that.  However, I’ve been needing much time alone, and that includes pulling away from the social media world.

This time around, I need space for emotional healing.  You might say, it’s stress relief.

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This little FREEBIE is one I just had to share with you:

Free Tea for Women’s Day!
Offer valid in DAVIDsTEA stores on March 8th, 2020 only. Applies to Tea of the Day beverages only. Limit one free tea per customer. Limited edition beverage, matcha and tea lattes do not apply. A maximum $2.50 retail value. While supplies last; quantities are limited. Not valid for cash or cash equivalent. Limit one free tea per customer. This offer is subject to change, alteration, or termination by DAVIDsTEA at its sole discretion at any time and without notice.

Get out there and ENJOY!!

 

A Few Cleaning Tips #DIY

These cleaning tips aren’t so much a DIY as in creating something but more of a DIY as in reusing something … in a different way.  Here, let me explain.

To Clean a Lampshade:

After drying your clothing in your dryer remove the used dryer sheet and keep it to one side for use at a later time. Whenever it’s time to clean the dust off of your lampshade I’ve found that it’s best to use up my used dryer sheets for this very purpose! Yup! Cleaning your lampshade with the used dryer sheets will recycle the dryer sheets, pull away dust from the lampshade, and prevent static cling.  FYI the prevention of static cling means that less dust will land on your lampshade … what an added bonus!

To Air Freshen With Your Vacuum:

What you read is correct.  You can make an air freshener out of your vacuum by simply soaking a cotton ball in vanilla and then putting it into your vacuum’s cleaner bag. When you vacuum you’ll be getting rid of your household smells; like pet, cooking, or other smells. You’ll be left with a lovely scent instead.  Simple and effective!