How to stay safe from COVID-19 scammers

How to stay safe from COVID-19 scammers

Seniors stay vigilant; criminals are taking advantage of our community. While the world bands together to stop the spread of COVID-19, swindlers are profiting from the pandemic. Scammers are using fear to exploit worried families by promising them cures for the virus. There is no need to panic, but just like everything else, being informed is always the first step. Here are a few ways you can avoid COVID-19 scams: Avoid clicking on links from unknown sources (they could download viruses onto your computer or devices) Be wary of emails from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) To find current and official information about the virus, click here or visit the World Health Organization (WHO) Do not open emails from “experts” stating they have information about the virus Dismiss online offers for vaccinations Ignore offers for COVID-19 curing products (ex. vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, tablets, prescriptions or over-the-counter products) online or in stores Do your research first when looking...
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Seniors How To: Stay Positive During Coronavirus Crisis

Seniors How To: Stay Positive During Coronavirus Crisis

Imagine turning on the TV and flipping through channels to find another report of more gloom. Well, that is precisely what is happening in the world today. The worldwide pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus has created a crisis that has crashed our stock markets and quarantined our cities. Feeling scared and vulnerable during these uncertain times is normal. This downturn in our norms of living has the power to bring the spirits of the most positive friend you know down. However, focusing on these thoughts will only create more negativity, which is the last thing any of us need. Instead, let us unite as a community and use our wisdom to practice and be examples of positivity. Here are a few things you can do to counteract some of that negativity: Avoid media consumption—pick a certain amount of time per week to update yourself and stick to it Practice gratitude or meditate Send happy letters or emails to your friends...
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Seniors, Do Not Panic!

Seniors, Do Not Panic!

Is the media keeping us informed or creating mass panic? Every hour there is a discovery or latest update strategically flashing on our screens. When the news that cases of the novel coronavirus were verified in over 40 states, pandemonium broke out. Americans all over the nation jumped into a frenzy emptying supermarkets nationwide. This hysteria left many individuals without toiletries, food or water. Fear is a powerful tool and marketing tactic used by industries worldwide to sell. Do not fall victim to these tactics! Panicking will only make our situation worse and cause mass hysteria. Yes, the health risks posed by this virus have the potential of being severe for our community, but we must remain calm. By practicing social distancing and staying informed, we can reduce the spread of the virus. Through excellent hygiene and preventative care, we can fight the spread of this virus. Our community is strong, and our nation has the best medical teams in...
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A Seniors How To: Reduce the Spread of the Coronavirus

A Seniors How To: Reduce the Spread of the Coronavirus

Seniors listen up! Coronavirus has reached the United States and is now in the state of Florida. There have been 19 cases confirmed in the sunshine state since March 9th and 650 nationwide. Though most of the cases are overseas, the virus is continuing to spread and is seriously affecting the world's senior population. Most people who become infected experience mild symptoms, but seniors who become infected can undergo severe conditions, especially those with underlying health conditions. Protect yourself and others by: Washing your hands often with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. If you are sick, stay home. Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces with any EPA-registered household disinfectants, a solution of bleach and water, or an alcohol solution with at least 70% alcohol. Maintain at least three feet distance between you or anyone coughing/sneezing (to avoid breathing in small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth). Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth (avoid transferring the...
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Seniors Protect Yourself from The Coronavirus

Seniors Protect Yourself from The Coronavirus

A new virus called the Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV has erupted and claimed the lives of 81 people. This virus was first detected in China and has infected almost 3,000 Chinese citizens and citizens in 12 other countries. Since January 21, five people have been identified as positive carriers of the virus in the United States, and there are still 73 people pending investigation, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The pneumonia-like illness linked to SARS is now spreading from person-to-person, yet it is not clear how easily. The World Health Organization has yet to declare the outbreak as a global emergency but keeping yourself safe is critical as the death tolls rise and the virus spreads. How to keep yourself safe and reduce the risk of infection: Wash your hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds Disinfect and clean your home and common areas (doorknobs, cabinets) Try not to touch your eyes, nose,...
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