new normal

The “New Normal”

We are all getting restless with the “new normal.” With some states starting to open up you may be wondering how you will know if it is safe to leave your shelter-in-place. Of course it was always ok in Florida to go out for essentials (medical care, groceries, exercise.) Now some restaurants are opening (at 50% capacity) and the beaches are open at times and with certain restrictions (City of Naples beaches do not allow coolers.) But when will it get back to normal? Short answer is that no one knows when it will be safe. The number of cases and the number of deaths continue to climb without pause. So I checked to see what the officials are saying!

In Florida, the department of health website gives a wealth of information about our new normal. Check it out at the following link:

Prevention

Florida continues to recommend staying in as much as possible as part of the “new normal.”

If you are retired and do not have to go out daily, continue to stay home. When you are around other people, social distancing is still recommended. Anyone who is not sheltering with you should be 6 feet away from you when possible. Also the length of time matters- passing by someone in Publix is much less risk than sitting together through a meal or a church service. All that added time within the 6 foot bubble adds to the exposure risk. The virus moves in the small liquid droplets from our noses and mouths. That is part of why it is so important to sneeze into your sleeve instead of your hand-it can catch more of the droplets.

Face Covering

It is still important to wear a face cover in public as a part of our new normal. When you are out for necessaries, cover up. Even a bandanna or homemade cloth mask will help to protect those around you from your droplets. (Remember that you can be a carrier without knowing it and without showing any symptoms.) The face cover is your contribution to not spread anything to the frontline workers such as the stockers and cashiers in the grocery store.

Keep washing hands (for 20 seconds or more) and frequently clean and disinfect “high-touch” surfaces. We are all learning and getting better at this as we go. Be aware of how often you touch your face, especially your eyes nose and mouth. Those are all entry points for a virus droplet.

The CDC also has a resource page located at:
Daily Life
This site has added information on taking care of pets, funeral guidance, staying safe while running errands, and a cleaning guide among others.

Even though we are in this pandemic, we continue to help our clients navigate the health care system and attend to their legal needs. We have “contact-less signings” to help protect our clients. For more information, visit our website.

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