Wired – “No Purell? No problem! When disinfecting gel sells out everywhere, you can just make some yourself with stuff you (maybe) already have at home. Properly scrubbing your hands is one of the best ways to stop the spread of germs and viruses, and to ensure you don’t get sick yourself. But if you don’t have access to soap and clean water, or if you’re out and about and nowhere near a sink, you should carry hand sanitizer to protect your health…making your own hand sanitizer is remarkably easy. You just have to be careful you don’t mess it up. Make sure that the tools you use for mixing are properly sanitized; otherwise you could contaminate the whole thing. Also, the World Health Organization recommends letting your concoction sit for a minimum of 72 hours after you’re done. That way the sanitizer has time to kill any bacteria that might have been introduced during the mixing process. (Note: To reiterate, nothing beats washing your hands. Hand sanitizer—even the real, professionally made stuff—should always be a last resort.)
We actually have two recipes for you, and links to find the ingredients. The first is one you can make with stuff you likely already have in your cabinets and under the sink, so it’s effective in emergency situations. The second recipe is more complex, but easy to make if you have the opportunity to do some shopping and planning ahead of time. Another note: a lot of these items are quickly going out of stock because of high demand. There’s a higher chance of finding them at your local drug store, but your first priority is to stay indoors…”
Washington Post – “If there’s a silver lining to the sudden need to hunker down as the novel coronavirus upends normal life, it’s that maybe — finally — you’ll have time to read. Provided you have enough books. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to access new reading material without leaving the house, and to stay engaged with the bookish community even as libraries and bookstores shutter their doors. Here’s a guide…” [Note – many librarians have large home libraries – some of us have books numbering in the thousands – thinking about ways to give away paperbacks to others safely – ideas welcome – this is at neighborhood/community level]
See also Free Stories From Audible: “For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.””For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.”
Consider the experiences of "wartime presidents" since FDR, including Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and both Presidents Bush, before deciding you want to be a wartime president.
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The National Geographic has a wealth of up-to-date resources that cover the global impact of COVID-19. Sections include: background and update in the virus in specific countries along with the impact on societies, that status of national parks (yes many are open but NatGeo provides reasons not to visit), graphics and data delivered with focused, direct information in small packages; photos resources from around the works, and an excellent topical area for families.
See also theSkimm – Tips for Working From Home Effectively – “Some major American companies (think: Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon) are saying ‘yes’ to remote work for most of their employees. According to a Gallup survey, about 43% of US workers already work remote some or all of the time. That number’s changing this week so the virus doesn’t spread. Ok. I’m WFH. How do I stay productive?…”
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