On Rashida Tlaib's virtual town hall today (highly recommended, no matter your political persuasion--click here to subscribe to her updates), we learned about a free service for Detroit folks who need transportation to a doctor or (with a prescription) to the drive-through testing at the fairgrounds.
If you've called your doctor and she wants to see you in person, call 313-208-7364 (24/7) to schedule a ride to your appointment. If your doctor has already prescribed a test for you, call 313-208-7364 (24/7) to schedule a ride to the fairgrounds.
If you fear you have the coronavirus and don't have a primary care physician, call 313-876-4000 #1 and they will get you what you need.
If you're in an emergency situation, call 911 and be sure to tell them it's a possible (or definite, depending on your testing status) coronavirus patient so they can be properly prepared.
I hope you never need this information, but want to make sure you have it if you need it.
Be well and stay home.
It's so easy--just take this quick little survey.
I found this essay by retired astronaut Mark Kelly both informative and a kind of breath of fresh air. (Ironically, since all of his air during that year was recycled.)
Do you have any thoughts or reflections on solitude? Or perhaps, the enforced togetherness of sharing a space with people who never leave? Something you've done to brighten your day (or someone else's)? Please share them in the comments. We are living separately, but we're all in this together.
Taking in all this coronavirus information is like trying to drink from a firehose: overwhelming and not very satisfying. For me, the Governor's most recent executive action to Stay Home and Stay Safe boils down to this:
"If it were possible to wave a magic wand and make all Americans freeze in place for 14 days while sitting six feet apart, epidemiologists say, the whole epidemic would sputter to a halt."
Friends, we can BE that magic wand. By choosing to isolate ourselves, by choosing to force the epidemic to sputter to a halt. At least for us and for those who surround us. It's possible; it's happened elsewhere. The question becomes are we willing to sacrifice to make it happen? I am. And I hope you are too.
In other news, DPSCD will no longer be distributing food at Gompers. You can read their full details here. And you can get the latest news on where to find nearby food assistance here.
I wish for you wellness and kindness,
The New York Times reports that "British ear, nose and throat doctors, citing reports from colleagues around the world, called on adults who lose their senses of smell to isolate themselves for seven days, even if they have no other symptoms, to slow the disease’s spread. The published data is limited, but doctors are concerned enough to raise warnings."
Please note, this does not mean that just because your nose is still telling you that others need to shower you're not a safety risk to others. It just means if you have lost your sense of smell or taste that you should seriously consider quarantining yourself in order to protect others. You could save a life. Or many.
Henry Ford Health is working to predict as closely as possible the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan to help healthcare systems with planning. An accurate assessment of personal and families true behaviors at this time is needed or the predictions will not be useful. We would be grateful if you would complete this very brief survey to help us with this work.
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From Birth Detroit:
"The mission of Birth Detroit is to midwife safe, quality, loving care through pregnancy, birth, and beyond. Our values are safety, love, trust, and justice. We are a volunteer team of birth workers, birth advocates and public health workers planning Detroit’s first community birth center. We do not have a birth center or clinic yet, but we see the fear and concern growing in our communities around coronavirus (COVID-19), pregnancy and birth. In the spirit of both loving care and concern for our communities, and care and support for provider partners doing their best in this crisis, we offer the following information and resources."
Click for resources.
Businesses must meet the following requirements to be eligible to apply:
Click here for more information and to apply.
This is a tough one.
A recent study found that the COVID-19 coronavirus can survive up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. That means the virus could be hanging out waiting for your kid to come play. Of course this respiratory virus is spread most easily by inhaling it—that's why it's imperative to give each other at least 6 feet of space.
And please ignore the rumors say that kids and young people are immune to the virus. Reports from areas of the world where testing is more available than it is in the US show kids and young people are absolutely getting infected. Which means they're spreading the disease even if they're not feeling sick enough to get tested.
Please, for the good of your community, assume you also have the virus even if you're feeling well. And greet your neighbors from afar.
To help direct folks to the appropriate resources, Beaumont Health has developed an online risk assessment tool. If you are concerned your symptoms might be Covid-19, you can use this tool from the comfort of your own home. (Of course, if you need emergency help, you should call 911 immediately.)
Here's the link.
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