Updated: Mar 28, 2020
We are living in unprecedented times of a global pandemic that has affected more than 82,000 people in the U.S alone. The certainty of uncertainty is now the new norm for many of us as we navigate these uncharted waters. With our continued commitment to keeping our community safe, Financial Education Alliance of Hawaii (FEAH) will be cancelling all classes and seminars until further notice.
Our hope for the future is that we support each other, our industry and our communities by offering various training through classroom and alternative delivery channels.
We will update our social media sites as information becomes available.
In the meantime, here are some tips for staying healthy from developed by the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University.
Wash Your Hands. Imagine your hands are covered in paint, and the amount of scrubbing required to clean under fingernails, wrinkles, and in between fingers. A virus can cling to all these areas. Clean well.
Avoid Face Touching. On average, a person touches their face more than 20 times per hour! Avoiding touching your face, rubbing your eyes, etc. reduces the risk of transferring germs and viruses from surfaces like keyboards, debit cards, phones, doorknobs, and handrails.
Manage Your Household. Stock the pantry, fill prescriptions, keep the house clean. Don’t share dishes, glasses, or utensils. Do laundry frequently to keep clothes and bedding clean. The cleaner you keep your living space, the lower your risk is of spreading the virus.
Disinfect Surfaces. Start by cleaning dirt, debris, germs, and impurities away from surfaces and objects. Then, disinfect using chemicals like Clorox wipes and sanitizer. Disinfectants cannot do their job on a dirty surface. That includes your hands – “Soap, then Sanitize”.
Use Masks & Gloves Properly. You do not need a mask, unless you are sick and want to prevent spreading your illness. When using gloves (if you are caring for someone who is sick or preparing food), be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before and after wearing gloves.
Navigating Public Spaces. Keeping yourself safe keeps others safe. Limit trips to the grocery store to once per week. When in public spaces, keep at least six feet of space between yourself and others. Avoid touching surfaces, and do not touch your face. Wash hands and sanitize frequently. If you sneeze or cough, use your elbow, not your hand.
Stay Connected with Older Relatives and Friends. Your older relatives and friends are especially vulnerable right now. Offer to assist them in attending medical appointments over the phone. Pick up a prescription. Call your mother or grandmother to brighten their day.
Build Community and Be a Leader. Social Distancing is physical distancing but doesn’t mean we can’t connect. Share knowledge, protect your community. Spread good stories, and be present with your family. Look for ways to assist those around you who need support and care.