Liberty Watch Family,
During this time, while we fight the unseen enemy, we must stay vigilant. Vigilant in our behaviors that can contribute to the decline, or rapid escalation of this Virus. We have heard many different theories, conspiracy theories, thoughts and plots; but one thing is for sure – this virus is killing fellow Americans. Setting aside all other sickness and Flus (as we all like to make comparisons) the bottom line is this – we are currently fighting this Pandemic and YOU can help stop the spread.
Part of what we have taught at Liberty Watch has been preparedness… We need to put in to practice, what we have been preparing for. Hunker down, with the supplies you have been stocking up; ensure your radios are working and you are maintaining comms with the people in your area. We need to enforce social distancing while still being available to help those in need. Do not become a liability during this.
We are here. We are sending out information for COMMS and RADIO checks. Take Part. We have taught lessons on being self-sufficient. Now is NOT the time to panic, run to the stores and (1) Expose yourself, your family and others or (2) Hoard supplies others may need.
If you MUST go to the store, only 1 family member should go, get what you need, and get home. Leave enough for others that also need to replenish their supplies. Keep your distance. If you need something and can not make it out – contact us. We are here for you!
Right now, that is all we can do. Hunker down; spend time with your family; practice good hygiene, and self-quarantine if you feel any symptoms. But, do NOT panic. Do NOT spread misinformation. Do NOT sensationalize to create panic. Help the community by being supportive!
What you Need to Know
The COVID-19 is a virus that originated in China in December 2019. The virus causes respiratory illness in humans, usually two to 14 days after exposure and is spread mainly from close contact with an infected person. It travels in the air, like a flu, and through droplets from sneezes and coughs. The droplets can stay suspended in the air and can land on surfaces that are touched by others. Illnesses have ranged from mild to severe symptoms. The most common symptoms include the following and may feel like the common cold and flu:
- Shortness of breath
- Sputum Production (thick mucus coughed up from the lungs)
Most people infected with COVID-19 have a mild disease and recover. Individuals at most significant risk for a severe disease include people over the age of 60 years and those with underlying conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer. So far, the disease in children appears to be relatively low, and are mild.
What You Can Do
Prevention & Treatment
Follow these steps to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses
Wash your hands often with soap and water—alcohol-based hand cleaners work too
The alcohol content should be at a level of 60 percent or higher
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze—throw it away immediately after you use it
- Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve if you don’t have a tissue
Avoid close contact with people who are sick (use the 3’ rule—stay at least 3 feet away from people who are sick)
Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth—germs often spread this way
What You Should do if You Become Sick to Prevent Spread of COVID-19
- Stay home except to get medical care
- Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home; if possible, use a separate bathroom
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor
- Wear a facemask when around others and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Clean your hands often
- Avoid sharing personal household items
- Clean “high-touch” surfaces daily
- Monitor your symptoms; seek prompt medical attention if your illness is getting worse. Before seeking care in-person, call your healthcare provider for instructions. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify dispatch that you have COVID-19 and put on a facemask.
Control measures that may be taken by the government and communities to help limit the spread of an outbreak
Voluntary Isolation — is for people who are already sick. When someone is isolated, they are separated from otherwise healthy people. Isolation may help slow or stop the spread of disease. Isolation may be as simple as being cared for in their homes, hospitals or other healthcare facilities.
Quarantine — is for people who have been exposed to a disease but are not sick. When quarantined, they are separated from others. Even though the person may not be ill or show symptoms of illness, they were exposed to the disease and may still become infectious and spread the virus to others. Quarantine may help to slow or stop a disease or illness from spreading.
Vaccination —are used to protect people from getting a virus. Currently, there is no vaccine for COVID-19.
Antivirals — Currently, there are no antivirals available to prevent or treat patients with COVID-19. There are, however, some ongoing clinical trials testing several medications that, if successful, may be available in the future.
Potential Challenges of a Severe Outbreak
Essential Services You Depend on May Be Disrupted
- Services provided by hospitals and other healthcare facilities, restaurants, government offices, telephone companies, and post offices may be limited
- Stores may close or have limited supplies
- You may not be able to rely on public transportation
Cancellation of public gatherings and meetings including worship services, sporting events and musical activities
- Fuel shortages may occur
- ATMs and Banks may have limited services
- Food and Water supplies may be interrupted and limited
Schools and Daycare Centers may close on short notice for an extended period
- Prepare for the possibility of temporary shortages of food, water, and other supplies.
- Consider collecting a two-week supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that do not require refrigeration or complicated preparation
- Make certain you have at least two-weeks’ worth of personal hygiene products and supplies such as toilet paper
- Keep a small amount of cash or traveler’s checks
- Make sure you have a plan for taking care of school-aged children who may not be able to attend school because of closures