What can you do to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

  1. Clean hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.
     
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
     
  3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
     
  4. Put distance–about six feet–between yourself and other people.
     
  5. Stay home if you are sick
     
  6. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow, and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
     
  7. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

And very importantly, remember that we are all in this together. People around the world and right next door to you are experiencing a range of emotions as a result of so much uncertainly. Please have patience and compassion for one another. It's a scary time for everyone, but social distancing doesn't have to mean isolation. Reach out, have a conversation, share your thoughts. 

Pandemic
by Lynn Ungar 3/11/20

What if you thought of it

as the Jews consider the Sabbath —

the most sacred of times?


Cease from travel.


Cease from buying and selling.


Give up, just for now,

on trying to make the world


different than it is.

Sing. Pray. Touch only those


to whom you commit your life.


Center down.
 

And when your body has become still,


reach out with your heart.


Know that we are connected


in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.


(You could hardly deny it now.)


Know that our lives

are in one another’s hands.


(Surely, that has come clear.)


Do not reach out your hands.


Reach out your heart.


Reach out your words.


Reach out all the tendrils


of compassion that move, invisibly,


where we cannot touch.
 

Promise this world your love —


for better or for worse,


in sickness and in health,


so long as we all shall live.