Is it Worth it?

Is it Worth it?

Hip Hip Hooray! The sunshine state is open and ready for business. The plan for Florida's economic recovery, Phase One, is fully operational. The reopening of Florida is excellent news, but is the risk worth it? According to Nobel Prize-winning economist and professor at Columbia University, Joseph Stiglitz, "we are in a deep, deep downturn" that is expected to last six months or longer depending on how long the pandemic lasts! Governor Ron DeSantis is methodically opening the state to lessen the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and a full-scale depression. As of Monday, May 18th, the types of businesses listed below will be allowed to reopen at a 50% capacity with limited seating and six feet of social distancing: Gyms and fitness centers State parks Beaches Restaurants can now offer indoor/outdoor seating Libraries and museums limited capacity Retail stores Movie theaters, amusement parks, short-term rentals, and bars, will remain closed Though there is uncertainty about how these new orders will...
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COVID-19 and the Healthcare Industry

COVID-19 and the Healthcare Industry

Ever since the outbreak of COVID-19, the healthcare industry has tried its best to adapt to the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. Combating the coronavirus has not been an easy feat, even with increased government funding and public support. Hospitals have continuously run out of masks, ventilators, and even essential drugs! Pharmaceutical companies are being heavily pressured to produce a vaccine, and healthcare workers have been sadly unprotected. The emergence of COVID-19 has helped American citizens wake up to the gravity of how broken our healthcare and public health system truly is. There are so many barriers preventing us from receiving the proper care we need during emergencies. Yet in every situation, there are silver linings. Thanks to this crisis, our government has finally recognized the need for change. Federal and state governments have created new policies that are protecting our public health professionals and the most vulnerable populations. Medical workers are finally being fortified, and the federal government is even providing...
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Florida is in Phase 1 of Reopening. What does that mean?

Florida is in Phase 1 of Reopening. What does that mean?

The White House detailed the three-phase approach to reopening America which is based on up-to-date data and works to mitigate resurgence of the coronavirus and protect the vulnerable populations. Each phase is implementable on a state-wide or county-wide basis based on the governor or mayor’s discretion. The state must have a reported downward trajectory of individuals experiencing coronavirus-like symptoms and influenza-like illnesses for 14 days, a downward trajectory of documented cases or downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period as well as hospitals that treat all patients without crisis care and have a robust testing program in place for at-risk healthcare workers. Florida is currently in Phase 1 of reopening which means social distancing is still encouraged but vulnerable populations must self-quarantine. Schools will remain closed as well as large venues, movie theatres, barber shops and beauty salons that require close physical contact with patrons. Restaurants, shops, parks, golf courses and places of...
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On Your Mark! Get Set! Go!

On Your Mark! Get Set! Go!

Seniors, thanks to the thoughtful and heroic actions by many to minimize the spread of COVID-19, Florida is re-opening her doors. The curve is flattening statewide in Florida, and we are currently on a downward trajectory of emergency hospital visits for COVID-19-like symptoms. Governor DeSantis has decided to take the lead and re-open our economy one step at a time. Phase one of Florida's version of the White House's Opening Up America Again plan has been initiated. This means that we are now able to visit our favorite local restaurants, large venues like movie theaters, and beaches! For now, theme parks, large sporting events, and bars (nightclubs) will remain closed. So, step outside and enjoy the spring breeze. Dine at your favorite spot or head to the beach and catch some rays. Just remember to continue practicing social distancing, good hygiene, and stay away from groups bigger than ten people. If you are high risk, be precautious and remain at...
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Florida, Let’s Get Back to Work: Coronavirus Update!

Florida, Let’s Get Back to Work: Coronavirus Update!

Florida's statewide stay-at-home order is due to lift on April 30th, but even with the mandate expiring in a few days, expect a slow roll of business openings in the coming weeks. Opening up America again, is going to be a drawn-out and steady process. Though there has been a decline in new cases around the world, there is currently no official cure for COVID-19. As of April 20th, there have been 26,660 cases of COVID-19 cases in Florida and 2,435,876 worldwide. The United States alone has reported over 786,795 reported cases and 42,012 deaths. Re-opening the country is going to be a feat. To help our states with our new normal, the White House has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, based on the advice of public health experts. These steps will help state and local officials mitigate the risk of a resurgence when re-opening their economies. Here are the three-phased guidelines for Opening Up America Again: Criteria: a...
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Don’t Let COVID-19 Get You Down

Don’t Let COVID-19 Get You Down

It’s been a difficult few weeks with this quarantine, but as long as you are being a good citizen and sticking to local orders, you should not let this time get you down. There are so many hours in the day that can be spent connecting with loved ones, learning a new skill and getting in some daily exercise. We know that daily exercise is important for our health and wellbeing, but where do we begin? Since the gyms are closed and many of us do not have walking trails near our homes, it can be difficult to be motivated to workout indoors. There are a few things you can do to get yourself started. First, find your ideal place for your at-home workout. Make sure there is plenty of space and that it is near a window where you can get some vitamin D and feel like you are outside. Second, obtain any props you want to use whether it...
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Osceola County Coronavirus Order

Osceola County Coronavirus Order

Osceola County residents listen up! A new emergency order has been enacted by the Executive Policy Group requiring anyone who steps outside their home in Osceola county, wear a face covering (not face masks) while in public. If you are working, living, visiting, or doing business in Osceola County, you must keep your face covered with one of the following options: Bandana Face Covering (No sew) Quick Cut T-shirt Face Covering (No sew) Fabric Mask (No Sew) Sewn Cloth Face Covering Scarves as a face mask A face mask made out of a sock There are plenty of ways to make a face mask at home that requires little artistic ability. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that face coverings should be made out of a fixed uniform piece of material that securely covers a person's nose and mouth. The mask should remain in place without having to use your hands. Remember, face coverings help stop the spread of...
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Coronavirus Update!

Coronavirus Update!

As of March 5th, there were more than 1,262,320 COVID-19 cases worldwide. In the United States alone, there have been more than 239,000 reported cases, including over 7,500 deaths. According to the United States Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, this week is going to be one of the most catastrophic weeks since Pearl Harbor or September 11th. While our nation braces for the peak week of this pandemic, scammers are trying to take advantage of us! These criminals are exploiting fears surrounding the coronavirus. Con artists are pitching scams like coronavirus treatments, work-at-home programs and everything in between. They lure unsuspecting people through illegal robocalls or recordings that say that by pressing a number, you will be able to speak to a live operator or be removed from their call list. Though criminals can be smart, our community can protect itself from these ploys by preparing. Here are a few reminders to help keep you and your family safe from...
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A Senior Virtual Happy Hour!

A Senior Virtual Happy Hour!

As COVID-19 spreads and the world slows down, most people are staying indoors with little to no contact with the outside world. This crisis has brought both fear and anxiety to many, but there is a silver lining. The world has been granted the rare gift of time and stillness. In this stillness, we can reconnect with projects we have always wanted to finish and even learn a few things along the way! Thankfully technology provides us the luxury of being able to contact our friends and family virtually. There are even apps that allow you to have online parties with more than 15 people connected! Through these virtual connections, seniors can go to Zumba classes or have a cocktail hour with their friends. Here are a few apps to get your virtual happy hour started: Zoom (Great for parties and classes) Discord (Has voice, video, and text, great for groups, clubs or friends) NetflixParty (You can watch movies with your...
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What you need to know right now about COVID-19

What you need to know right now about COVID-19

As of March 29, 2020, Florida’s total number of cases reached 4,246 with 56 confirmed deaths. The government has implemented a variety of orders over the past two weeks to keep residents safe and reduce the density of crowds. When it comes to COVID-19, there is different information circulating about symptoms. The CDC states that reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death, meaning each person’s case is different. The most reported symptoms are fever, cough and shortness of breath, which can appear 2-14 days after exposure. If you feel sick, The Florida Department of Health has opened a COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121. Agents will answer questions around the clock. Questions may also be emailed to covid-19@flhealth.gov. Email responses will be sent during call center hours....
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