Impact of COVID-19 by International Vice President Linda Bullington

What a crazy time this past month has been!  Who could have imagined the fallout we are going through right now?!   And it’s all caused by a little virus!  Most of our communities have new, sometimes stringent directions in place to get our country through this crisis.  Follow those guidelines to stay healthy and help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Recent direct impact to SPG as a sorority was the cancellation of Mu and Alpha’s Province Meetings.  Mu Province is hoping to reschedule at a later date.  Luckily most Province members got their sorority batteries recharged from our weekends of sharing sisterhood before this health scare got so serious.  Your International Council is monitoring conditions and has decided to “watch what happens for a while” before making a decision on St. Louis.  For now, it’s still a go for International 2020, our 100th anniversary as an organization!  Happy Anniversary to us!

What have we learned from this recent health impact?  Not to hoard, not to gather in crowded spaces, to wash our hands often and not to touch our faces.  I hope we have also learned to help those who need help.  Check on the elderly or immune compromised in your life.  Help them out by doing their shopping so they can stay home where they are able to stay away from the unknowing carrier.  Check in on them to be aware of their health.  They will appreciate your concern and if they aren’t a member, it just might be the thing that makes them realize they want to be!

To help in your community, check to see if there is something you can do to help as a volunteer.  This is one of the things we do best as SPG members!

Many places are limited to essential personnel at this time.  If that’s the case in your area, don’t impact conditions by ignoring directions.  If we all have our health and the health of those around us in mind, we will make it to the other side of this crisis.  If you have been told not to go to work, make productive use of your time off: spring clean, read that book you’ve wanted to get to, enjoy the company of your family, play games, watch movies, whatever you enjoy to pass time.

This virus is transmitted by droplet contact-someone coughs or sneezes and you walk into the mist expelled, or, the mist settles on surfaces and you touch the surface then touch your face.  It is suggested to maintain a 6ft space around you when you must be in public areas but best of all avoid being there if possible.  This doesn’t mean you can’t go outside.  Exercise is good for your health.  Take a walk, enjoy the fresh air, birds and scenery in your area.

If you are sick, check with your doctor’s office before going in as there may be a new policy in place to keep you and those around you from potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus.   Wash your hands often using the 20 second washing rule.  Warm water and soap is the best method, or use hand sanitizer when hand washing is not possible.  Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, toss it afterward and wash your hands after tossing the tissue.  Avoid touching your face and avoid contact with others outside of your immediate household if possible, till this virus is contained.

If you are sick, self isolate, but stay in contact with someone who can monitor your health from a distance in case your health declines further.  If you are healthy, use common sense precautions.  Follow any restrictions placed on your area.  And share our resources fairly so all have a chance to get what they need, to get through this situation.

Sending Cyber hugs, Linda

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