Vital information about coronavirus

For Our Friends and Customers

There are many things you can do to ease your way through the global pandemic that will be emerging in your neighborhood. If not now, you'll be encountering it soon, both personally and professionally.

MASTER LIST OF CRITICAL RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
In addition to federal health advisories and organizations providing must-know coronavirus info, an increasing number of businesses and organizations are rolling out goodwill offers for small businesses in the wake of COVID-19. These offers include grants, loans, marketing and promotion assistance, and a number of useful tools. Read more here »



HELPFUL TIPS & LINKS.
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THE BIG PICTURE.
Do follow this link and read it carefully. This article is a clear, educated, and realistic account of what you can expect in the next few weeks and for months to come.

IN CASE YOU DON'T ALREADY KNOW, THIS IS IMPORTANT.
If you are not already sheltering in place, you will be required to soon. This is not a cause for panic, but for planning.

1.) Stock up on enough groceries (and cleaning supplies that work to contain viruses) for at least a one- to two-month period of sheltering in place. While certain kinds of foods and supplies (canned goods and potatoes) are already missing from store shelves, you can find plenty of fresh meat, poultry, frozen and packaged staples, fresh vegetables and fruit. It is best to minimize trips to the store.

Your local stores are on the front lines, along with health care personnel. So don't panic. They are restocking many times, every day so there's no need to panic.

2.) Wash your hands very frequently—for 20 seconds—or use hand sanitizer, after you touch anything that has been touched by someone else. Don't think about this too hard, just wash your hands. Yes, you know that hand sanitizer is missing from grocery shelves. If you have these ingredients or can order them, here's a reliable recipe: 3/4 cup Isopropyl Alcohol and 1/4 cup aloe vera. If you have it, you could add a few drops of lavender oil.

Here are the CDC's recommendations for household cleaning.

If you've been having trouble finding healthy versions of these very necessary household items, click here and search for what you’re looking for, e.g., alternatives to bleach and common hand sanitizers. You will find Debra Lynn Dadd's website very helpful and informative.

IMPORTANT: DO NOT EVER MIX COMMON HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS »

3.) Create a plan for living with or caring for a sick person. Remember, Covid-19 is far more serious than influenza.

4.) Come up with a plan to care for your children should you become ill or hospitalized with Covid-19.

5.) Same for your pets. Here are some guidelines from the San Francisco SPCA.

We will have more in-depth and helpful information as the days go.

STAYING SANE AND STRESS-FREE.
Worry and anxiety are bad for you and the immune system you need to depend on. Here's one simple way to shift from worry to a sense of calm presence. BREATHE. Expand your lower abdomen while you breathe in fully, pause for a second, and then release and breathe out. Do this for as long as it takes to feel grounded again.

And here are some other ways to engage in self care.

Finally, here is a great recipe from Debra Lynn Dadd for boosting your immune system.

PLEASE VISIT THIS PAGE DAILY. We’ll be back virtually every day with healthy updates and ideas to keep you safe and sane. Our door may be closed, but we are here, answering your phone calls and emails, and taking your orders!

Air hugs! From the team at Eco-Terric. (That's our new name!)