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Difference between CDC and W.H.O.
Fake News fact checkers
CDC Infographs, Videos, Links & Checklists
Infograph with Statistics from other countries
CDC Checklist for Home
How to Remove gloves
*Resources for Texas Businesses*
OSHA advice on work safety
Funds available for individuals, workers & businesses [Unemployment, SBA, Links/Tips]
Real Estate Industry + What are the new rules for showings + Tips Sellers/Buyers
Mortgage Industry-Forbearance + Rates
Children, Tweens, College
PISD Information/Resources, Schedule, Videos
Stress Management Resources
Children and Handwashing
Pets and COVID19
*Maps* of COVID19 locations, statistics & predictions
Johns Hopkins Interactive Map
County by County Spread Map
*Our New Reality*
Local trails and other things to do
Finding items of need + how to's
Articles Traveling, Home filtration & other links
Coronavirus.gov government site for information which most links go to CDC
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has developed guidance on treatment of COVID-19external icon, which is regularly updated as new evidence on treatment options emerges.
For additional information on how you can prevent, treat, or help fight COVID-19, visit https://combatcovid.hhs.gov.
President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts.
Gating Criteria -Downward trajectory for 14 days
Phase One- Shelter in place lifted for most, groups less than 10, public masks, then gyms can open, some back to work, elective outpatient surgeries, telework encouraged and back to work in phases and more
Phase Two-A second 14 day period must be satisfied then reopening of non-essential travel, schools, bars and large venues only with physical distancing. Continue telework when possible.
Phase Three-A third 14 day period with a continued downward trajectory then all open with unrestricted work force limitations, increase in number of people allowed at bars and venues.
Governor Abbots Timeline & Orders
Dallas County main public speaker who is making orders is Judge Jenkins.
Dallas County Information Update Site
Collin Counties main speaker on orders for all the cities is Judge Chris Hill
Collin County Information & Updates Site
City of Dallas official update page from city hall.
City of Plano official update page with statistics on number infected/deaths.
Hotline available at 972-941-5922
City of Allen Website COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information.
We haven't heard much from city of Allen most likely due to having a
new interim mayor.
The Community Impact Newspaper is very impressive with their up to the minute coverage on each cities orders, restaurants and a list of how you can help in DFW.
|Sign Up Alerts COVID-19||Link to receive messages from the WHO Health Alert on WhatsApp|
What They Are
The C.D.C. is a branch of the United States government and answers to the president, Congress and the courts. It is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services. View organization information.
What They Are
W.H.O. is a United Nations agency and answers to an annual assembly of the world’s health ministers.The World Health Organization cannot “overrule” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because they are separate agencies.
What They Do
Both make recommendations based on expert advice. In general, the C.D.C. relies on advice from its internal experts.
What They Do
Both make recommendations based on expert advice. W.H.O. convenes panels of independent experts from around the world.
Other sites decipher rumor & hoaxes: buzzfeed, the guardian, Snopes, NY Times
Please use commons sense and compare different sites when using sites like the above. Most on this page are from the official sites directly
Know the facts about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and help stop the spread of rumors from the CDC.
|Relief Check Scams to Be Aware of|
As part of the federal response to the coronavirus, the government is sending out relief checks to individuals. But the FTC warns that scammers may be hoping to cash in on yours. Below are some tips for spotting and avoiding relief check scams.
1. "Sign-up" Scams
There is nothing to sign up for. Anyone calling to ask for your personal information is a scammer, plain and simple. Also be on the lookout for email phishing scams, where scammers pretend to be from the government and ask for your information as part of the "sign-up" process for the checks.
2. Direct Deposit Scams
To set up direct deposit of your check, communicate only with the IRS. The IRS has set up an online form to enter your payment information, available at irs.gov. You only need to do this if you did not give the IRS your bank information on your 2018 or 2019 return.
3. Early Access Scams
The timeline for this process is not exact, but it looks like funds dispersed by paper check will start going out in early May. Scammers are using the lack of detail to try to trick people into giving their personal information and money. To get official updates and more information on when you can expect your check, visit the IRS's page on economic impact payments.
4. Fake Check Scams
Reports say that paper checks – for people without direct deposit – will start arriving in May at the earliest. So, if you get an economic impact payment, stimulus, or relief check before then, or you get a check when you're expecting a direct deposit, it could be a scam. Use the IRS payment tracker to check the status of your payment and confirm whether the check is legitimate.
5. Overpayment Scams
If you get an official-looking check for more than what you were expecting, the next call you're likely to get is from a scammer. They'll tell you to keep your $1,200 payment, and return the rest by sending cash, gift cards, or money transfers. It's a scam that will leave you owing money to your bank.
6. "Access" or "Verify" Payment Scams
Scammers are sending official-looking messages – including postcards with a password to be used online to "access" or "verify" your payment or direct deposit information. The IRS will not contact you to collect your personal information or bank account. It's a scam.
Remember: The IRS will never call, text, or email asking for your personal information.
CDC Centers of Disease Control and Prevention
FAQ from the CDC site
3/27/20 Apple created a new COVID-19 website, and COVID-19 app available on the App Store, created in partnership with the CDC,1the White House Coronavirus Task Force and FEMA
2/11/20 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”.
There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The name of this disease was selected following the World Health Organization (WHO) best practiceexternal icon for naming of new human infectious diseases.
From the CDC updated links below:
Updates on the COVID-19 response from CDC. The COVID-19 Outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated on the COVID-19 Situation Summary as it becomes available.
Take steps to protect others
After exposure you will be contagious and can infect others BEFORE you even have the first symptom while some individuals will be carriers without any symptoms at all. For others symptoms appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care, wear a facemask to prevent infecting others. See section on finding items in need for diy face masks that we found provides the most protection plus other tips. Learn what to do from the CDC what to do if you are sick.
Sick or not, Symptoms or not, Protect others!
Cover coughs and sneezes by pulling your shirt out and sneezing inside your shirt. It's been shown especially in kids when coughing/sneezing they are not putting face close enough to elbow to block droplets.
Throw used tissues in the trash.
Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Infograph with Statistics
from other countries from 3/20 theconversation.com
CDC (Download Checklist) OR go to CDC site to Create a household plan of action (see our emergency prep checklist at bottom)
*If you do wear gloves please remember anything you touch is now on your gloves. When removing them grasp at the outside of the glove near the wrist pulling glove off and into a ball with the gloved hand then place your now glove free hand on the inside of the gloved hand pulling away from you all the way off until it's inside out so both gloves will now be enclosed into a ball then dispose into trash.
SEE COMPANIES WE FOUND OFFERING FREE SERVICES AT END OF BUSINESS RESOURCES
Additionally, recommended strategies for employers from the CDC can found at this link.
Coronavirus.gov is the governments site for information.
Financial Assistance for Businesses Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the coronavirus.
You can also learn more about the 3-step-process here.
Small businesses in Collin County can apply for relief here.
Direct link to Economic Injury Disaster Loans/Advance Application
Other SBA Loans SBA provides a number of loan resources for small businesses to utilize when operating their business.
For more information on loans or how to connect with a lender, visit the SBA website.
Direct Link to apply updated.
Advance Funds from Treasury Department The United States Department of Treasury will provide advance funds to businesses Learn more here.
SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 or e-mail email@example.com. • Visit SBA.gov/disaster for more information.
Learn more about filing unemployment due to the COVID pandemic.
Flowchart of UI Claims (Larger Version)
If you are effected by COVID19 you might qualify for other funds learn more here.
Recent articles related:
The Balance Careers
Other Good Informational Links:
WFAA Jason Wheeler has a lot of Q&A from the Texas Workforce article here
Taxbot Blog also has this Q&A about the SBA Loans
Look into what benefits you have as a Texan
Job Listings - Monster, Carerrbuilder, Sayyestodallas.com
Texans Credit Union 800.843.5295 to make a Skip-A-Pay request
EXPLANATIONS OF STIMULUS PACKAGE
Article from The Penny Hoarder
Article from Smart Assets has a great breakdown and calculators of the different options, see chart below and for full article click here.
The difference between Feb & March
See all counties/updates on my Stats page
Compare to last year
Resources from- CCAR, Realtor.com, CRES, NAR
Apps- GoOptionPay and Zoccam
Covid-19 Amendment to Extend Closing
Dallas County Rules for Agents
NAR Survey of Behavior
Listings in a COVID-19 Reality - Our new reality of social distancing and business closures doesn’t mean a home can not be sold. There are ways we can help clients sell their homes and buyers purchase many of which we've used in the past for our out of state investors or relocation clients. For example Virtual showings, paperless transactions, and more.
Dallas County Rules for Agents
FROM THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS:
What sellers can do to protect themselves if their home is being shown while still living in home:
- Put out a basket like I did below with gloves, shoe covers, hand sanitizer, masks and trash sack.
- Put several hand sanitizer bottles throughout house.
- Open all doors before the showing.
- Request the buyer watch a detailed walk thru video of the home to ensure it fits their criteria.
- Request pre-qualification status from buyers agent.
- Lysol knobs countertops faucets after showing.
- Other Seller Resources click here
What buyers can do to protect themselves and protect the seller:
- Only bring the necessary decision makers to view the home.
- If you have children either take turns with mom and dad viewing the home or carry your children. Kiddos just can't help touching everything especially if you tell them not to since their impulse control is not fully developed.
- Carry gloves or keep your hands in your pockets.
- Put on shoe covers or plastic bags.
- View the home on google satelite walk the streets with little yellow google dude.Review MLS sheet closely noting what level items are on. Ask your Realtor to ensure it fits all your criteria. Drive thru the neighborhood before the showing.Search online for any walk thru videos of the home by typing the address in google. Have your realtor walk thru the home with you on facetime, zoom or skype.
- View other home Buyer Resources here
Inspections- from Clayton Bailey at Green Scene Home Inspections
Potential Impact on Property Taxes
Property tax reform legislation passed in 2019 lowers the amount most cities and counties may increase property tax rates year-to-year without voter approval from 8% to 3.5%. However, a governor-declared disaster could allow that amount to stay at 8%. Texas REALTORS® continues to monitor this and other issues relevant to Texas real estate.
Collin County Property Taxes (read full alert) and Protest as of 4/6/20 state the following: 2020 APPRAISAL NOTICE AND PROTEST PROCESS EXTENDED see my Property Tax and Protest pages for details.
This is an older video but I think it does relate slightly to this in that a recession does not automatically equal a housing recession.
JVM download their app here for up to date blog posts, current rates, calculators and news
Weekly Blogs - Forbearance Confusion; Refis Dominate Market; Purchases Still; JVM April 1, 2020
Market Update & Recomendations from Supreme Lending March 23, 2020
Mortgage Relief during COVID-19 Pandemic Article
COVID-19/Mortgage Industry Update from JVM March 18, 2020
Mortgage Rates Barely Move; Fed Cuts Rates to Zero JVM March 16, 2020
Free internet & more
Best paid video conferencing software at a glance
#StayHome: How to Create Functional Spaces in Your Home During the Outbreak
PISD Information/Resources, Schedule, Videos
Information and resources. https://www.pisd.edu/coviddashboard
Direct to the FAQ https://www.pisd.edu/healthupdate.
Click the apple below for each grade level instructions.
VISIT THE PLANO ISD COVID DASHBOARD TO VIEW ALL LOCATIONS.
*THE CHART BELOW REFLECTS ONLY SOME OF THE LOCATIONS WITH POSITIVE CASES AND RELATED CLOSE CONTACTS. CLICK CHART TO SEE PISD FULL SITE.
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- A small number of pets worldwide, including cats and dogs, have been reportedexternal icon to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19.
- CDC latest news releases regarding pets https://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/covid-19/pets.html
Maps of COVID-19 Locations, Statistics & Predictions
This Interactive map of presumed positive tests plus airforce base and confirmed deaths. If map does not show below you can go directly to their site https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html to view the other source people are getting numbers from go to the Texas Health and Human Services.
IF ANY MAPS DON'T SHOW PROPERLY CLICK ON THEM TO GO DIRECTLY TO THAT WEBSITE
Johns Hopkins Resource Center
Coronavirus Resource Center
Track Reported Cases of COVID-19
Use interactive web-based map to track cases of the virus around the world
Created by a team of data scientists, engineers, and designers in partnership with epidemiologists, public health officials, and political leaders to help understand how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect their region.
CovidActNow.org for states interactive.
Collin County Predictions
Texas Official Sites Map (click below for most recent updates)
You can now ask siri "do I have COVID-19" the voice assistant will ask a series of questions plus get the apple app.
Popular Hashtags being used: #CoronaVirusUpdate #/covid-19 #Covid_19 #Covid19 #Coronavirus #COVID2019 #COVID2020 #BREAKING #CoronavirusOutbreak #HandHygiene #WashYourHands #2019_ncov #corona #NCOV19 #wuhanvirus #coronaviruses #StayHome #openhouse #virtualopenhouse #realestateisstillopen
#PISDPoweredbyLearning #BearHunt #IsolationFilmClub #isolationcreation
Texas Health and Human Services launched a statewide mental health support line to help those experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges during the pandemic.
The number is 833-986-1919 and it operates 24 hours a day free and confidential
My summary take on the below is Test 3 days after onset symptoms. Symptoms first appear usually 5 to 14 days AFTER EXPOSURE. Most contagious period is before symptoms appear.
At the beginning of any viral infection, including COVID-19, there is a period of time called the “latent period” when a person is infected, but is unable to transmit the virus to anyone else.
The average incubation period for COVID-19 is 5-6 days (although it can be up to 14 days), and researchers estimate that people become infectious 2-3 days before they develop symptoms.
Another study estimated that the probability of an infected person falsely testing negative on the day they contracted the virus was 100%, falling to 67% by day four of the infection. If they took a test on day five, the typical day people develop symptoms, the chance of a false negative result was 38%, dropping to 20% three days after the onset of symptoms (or day eight since exposure)
THINGS TO DO
Virtual Activities from surrounding cities
Community Impact Newspaper is regularly contacting Plano businesses to learn more about how they are managing.
Restaurants and offerings
In addition to the above map of restaurants you can check on Facebook Groups for restaurant food packages:
Stay at Home - in the news
#BearHunt The "Teddy Bear Hunt" is basically a social distancing-friendly scavenger hunt that anybody can take part in.
People around the world are putting their teddy bears in the windows of their homes for neighborhood kids to spot.
Post a pic of your on Nextdoor with the tag so everyone in your neighborhood can see what streets have bears.
Working From Home
Many employees are being asked to work remotely. If you’re transitioning to a home office for the first time, it’s important to create a designated space for work … so it doesn’t creep into your home life, and vice versa. If you live in a small condominium or apartment, this may feel impossible. But try to find a quiet corner where you can set up a desk and comfortable chair. The simple act of separating your home and work spaces can help you focus during work hours and “turn off” at the end of the day.
Of course, if you have children who are home with you all day (given many schools and daycares are now closed), separating your home and work life will be more difficult. Unless you have a partner who can serve as the primary caregiver, you will need to help manage the needs of your children while juggling work and virtual meetings.
If both parents are working from home, try alternating shifts, so you each have a designated time to work and to parent. If that’s not an option, experts recommend creating a schedule for your children, so they know when you’re available to play, and when you need to work.1 A red stop sign on the door can help remind them when you shouldn’t be disturbed. And for young children, blocking off a specific time each day for them to nap or have independent screen time can give you a window to schedule conference calls or work uninterrupted. Or you can do like I did and have certain times of the day where it's a party in moms office where we review our to do list for the day and of course give our furry friends some love before the work/school day starts. Read rest of article on making functional spaces on my blog.
City of Allen Life at Home
INTERESTS: Chalk Your Walk
LEARNING: Get a Library Card
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EVENTS: Virtual Story Times
FITNESS: Explore a New Trail
INTERESTS: Library Art Contest
Submit your drawing to our Library Art Contest in
honor of National Library Week!
FITNESS: Tips for Working Out at Home
- Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
- Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.
- To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
See YouTube Playlist for the ones I found that provide the most coverage with the most support research listed.