Tips: Staying healthy during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

As a community, our administrators felt it was important to put a friendly “we are here for you – but please stay home” of some form up on our electronic presence. The COVID-19 pandemic is hitting the globe hard right now (including us here in the U.S.A). It is super important everyone works together to take steps to prevent the further spread of this harmful virus. Currently stores are closed and all events in the state of michigan, and the U.S.A (as a whole) are canceled until further notice. Please follow your state’s guidelines, and stay home. We are in this together. Aside from encouraging folks to eat a nutritionally balanced diet, and get plenty of rest (it is easier to get sick in general if you catch less than the recommended amount of sleep) – we hope those reading will see below some hand-washing advice (from the CDC) to help prevent further spread of COVID-19 in our communities. In the meantime – use this time to be creative, make art, run cleaning tasks, and connecting with loved ones via electronically via social media.

Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy. [Ѫ]

You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way. [Ѫ]

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

Follow these five steps every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Use Hand Sanitizer When You Can’t Use Soap and Water. [Ѫ]

using hand sanitizer


You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label.

Sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations. However,

  • Sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs.
  • Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.
  • Hand sanitizers might not remove harmful chemicals from hands like pesticides and heavy metals.

Caution! Swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitizers can cause alcohol poisoning if more than a couple of mouthfuls are swallowed. Keep it out of reach of young children and supervise their use. Learn more here.

How to use hand sanitizer. [Ѫ]

  • Apply the gel product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
  • Rub your hands together.
  • Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds.

Source: [Ѫ] – Center for Disease Control and Prevention – “Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives”. – https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html.

How to use hand sanitizer. [Ѫ]

  • Apply the gel product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
  • Rub your hands together.
  • Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds.

Source: [Ѫ] – Center for Disease Control and Prevention – “Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives”. – https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html.

Luis Hirschlieb

Luis Hirschlieb is the founder of the Project: Union-Street artisan community, and it's subsidiaries. He began to play acoustic guitar/piano at the age of 3, and has a passion for writing, friends, composing/listening to music, good food, exercise, adventure, and building worlds.

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