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"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time." 1 Peter 5:6 (NIV)


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Covid-19 Vs. Flu

September 18, 2020

Hey Pie-O-Neers™! How are you doing? I hope you have had an AMAZING week and remained healthy and safe! With that being said… IT’S FRIDAY, YAYYYYYYYY! Welcome back to COVID-19 Facts Fridays™ where we serve slices of pie that pertain to COVID-19. This week we will be providing FACTS and INFORMATION on COVID-19 VS. THE FLU! I know you’re probably thinking...  “THIS IS JUST ONE MORE THING TO WORRY ABOUT”… Well, with us going into the FLU season and still battling this COVID-19 pandemic, it is very important to know all of the symptoms that will differentiate the two and also what to do if you are experiencing any of the symptoms. So what better way to get caught PIE-O-NEERING™… other than being... “BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY”! So let’s grab our forks and knives and LET’S DIG IN!

Although COVID-19 and Influenza (FLU) are both contagious respiratory illnesses, each one is caused by a different virus. COVID-19 is caused from a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and the FLU comes from getting infected with influenza viruses. Some of the symptoms of the FLU and COVID-19 are very similar if not the same, and since it can be hard to tell the difference between the two, testing may be needed to confirm a diagnosis. With that being said, there are, some key differences between the two.

Signs and Symptoms- Both COVID-19 and FLU can have varying degrees of symptoms ranging from no symptoms (asymptomatic) to severe symptoms. Most common symptoms are:

• Fever or chills (BOTH)

• Coughing (BOTH)

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (BOTH)

• Fatigue (BOTH)

• Sore throat (BOTH)

• Runny nose or congestion (BOTH)

• Muscle pain or body aches (BOTH)

• Headache (BOTH)

• Vomiting and diarrhea (BOTH)

• Loss of taste or smell (COVID-19)

• Persistent pain or pressure in chest (COVID-19)

• Feeling confused or hallucinating (COVID-19)

• Inability to wake or stay awake (COVID-19)

• Bluish Lips or Face (COVID-19)

When Symptoms Appear- With both COVID-19 and FLU, from the time a person is infected and when they begin to experience illness symptoms, one or more days can go by. With COVID-19, it could take longer to develop symptoms than if they have the FLU.

• 1 to 4 days after infection (FLU)

• 2 to 14 days after infection (COVID-19)

How Long Someone is Contagious- For both COVID-19 and FLU a person can spread the virus 1 day before experiencing any symptoms. With COVID-19 they may be contagious for a longer period of time than if they had the FLU.

• Most people with the FLU are contagious for about 1 day before they show symptoms. Older children and adults with the FLU appear to be most contagious during the initial 3-4 days of their illness but many remain contagious for about 7 days. Infants and people with weakened immune systems can be contagious for even longer.

• How long someone can spread the virus that causes COVID-19 is still under investigation. It’s possible for people to spread the virus for about 2 days before experiencing signs or symptoms and remain contagious for at least 10 days after signs or symptoms first appeared. If someone is asymptomatic or their symptoms go away, it’s possible to remain contagious for at least 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19.

Treatments and Vaccines- Anyone that is high- risk or who have been hospitalized for COVID-19 or the FLU should receive medical care to help treat symptoms and complications.

• Prescriptions are FDA- approved to treat (FLU)

• Therapeutics FDA-approved for treatment (FLU)

• Multiple Vaccines FDA-approved for prevention (FLU)

• Drugs that are being tested for approval by the FDA (COVID-19)

• An anti-agent that is being explored for treatment (COVID-19)

• Currently has no vaccine to prevent the virus (COVID-19)

What to Do If You Are Sick- If you find that you (or one of your loved ones that you care for) are experiencing ANY of the symptoms listed above for both the FLU and COVID-19, the main thing you need to do is… STAY HOME! This is the most effective way to prevent the spread of either of these viruses. Now, if you need IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE, make sure you contact your doctor or go to your local ER. However, if you can hold off click on this link and you will see detailed instructions on what you need to do: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

So there you have it Pie-O-Neers™… “THE MORE YOU KNOW, THE BETTER YOU DO”… this is more than enough information to help us get through this season in a SAFE AND HEALTHY MANNER! Take it all in and KEEP ON PIE-O-NEERING!


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Travel

September 11, 2020

Hey Pie-O-Neers™! IT’S FRIDAY, YAYYYYYYYYY! I hope everyone’s last couple of weeks and Labor Day was AMAZING and that everyone has remained healthy and safe! Welcome back to COVID-19 FACTS FRIDAYS where we are serving up slices of pie that are filled with COVID-19 FACTS and INFORMATION. This week we are going to talk about TRAVELING and how to be safe while we are still in this Pandemic and dealing with the Coronavirus. Now let me just say traveling increases your chance of contracting and spreading COVID-19 and STAYING HOME is the best way to protect yourself and others from the COVID-19… However, if you must travel your girl Meringue Love™ is here to give you everything you need to know, so that you can be as safe as possible! SO GRAB THOSE UTENSILS… AND LET’S DIVE IN!

Before you travel, here are a few things to consider:

1. Is COVID-19 spreading rapidly where you are going to be traveling?

- Check Each State’s Cases in the Last 7 Days:  https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#cases_totalcases

- Travel Recommendations for Destinations Around the World:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html

2. Are you or someone who lives with you at risk for severe illness from COVID-19?

- If you get infected while traveling you could very well pass the virus to your family and friends when you return home, even though you may not be showing symptoms.

- Anyone can get extremely ill from the virus that causes COVID-19, but older adults and people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for sever illness from COVID-19.

3. Does your destination have any requirements or restrictions for travelers?

- Some state, local, and territorial governments have requirements, such as requiring people to wear masks and requiring those who recently traveled to stay home for up to 14 days.

- Check state, territorial, tribal and local public health websites for information before you travel. -

If you are traveling internationally, check the destination’s Office of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Health or the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Country information for details about entry requirements and restrictions for arriving travelers, such as mandatory testing or quarantine: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages.html

While you are traveling, you should:

4. Take extra steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

- Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings/places.

- Avoid close contact with others by social distancing. This means, maintain at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arms’ length) from anyone who is not in the same household as you.

- Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).

- Pack hand sanitizing/disinfectant wipes to clean surfaces that you may come in contact with while out.

- Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

- If you are traveling abroad, check the CDC’s COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination before planning you trip:   https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html

Different types of travel and what to expect:

5. Air Travel

- Air travel requires spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces. Most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes. However, social distancing is difficult on crowded flights, and sitting within 6 feet of others, sometimes for hours, may increase your risk of getting COVID-19.

- Also consider how you get to and from the airport, as public transportation and ridesharing can increase your chances of being exposed to the virus.

- While waiting in the airport sitting/standing areas have been marked for social distancing. Make sure you and your party adheres to these signs.

- Be sure to check with your local airport for the hour’s operation for the restaurants and shops in the airport, for they are operating on shortened hours. (Meaning they open later and close earlier than usual).

- Make sure you have your own snacks, refreshments, food, water, etc. prior to boarding the plane because the cart services have been suspended on most airlines due to COVID-19.

6. Bus or Train Travel

- Traveling on buses and trains for any length of time can involve sitting or standing within 6 feet of others, which may increase your risk of getting COVID-19. If you choose to travel by bus or train, learn what you can do to protect yourself on public transportation: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/using-transportation.html#PublicTransit

7. Car Travel

- Making stops along the way for gas, food, or bathroom breaks can put you and your traveling companions in close contact with other people and frequently-touched surfaces.

8. RV Travel

- You may have to stop less often for food or bathroom breaks, but RV travel usually means staying at RV parks overnight and getting gas and supplies at other public places. These stops may put you and those with you in the RV in close contact with others.

- Learn more about how to protect yourself from COVID-19 on different types of transportation: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/using-transportation.html

Methods companies are using to protect customers from COVID-19:

9. When planning travel, you may want to check companies’ websites to see what they are doing to protect customers from COVID-19.

- Requiring people to wear a mask

- Promoting social distancing

- Using online or contactless reservations and check-in

- Using contactless payment

- Enhanced cleaning procedures

Summary of tips to avoid getting and spreading COVID-19 in common travel situations:

10. While in public.

- Wear a mask in public settings.

- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from anyone who is not from your household.

11. Bathrooms and rest stops.

- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom and after you have been in a public place.

- If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

12. Getting gas

-Use disinfecting wipes on handles and buttons at the gas pumps before you touch them (if available).

- After fueling, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. When you get to your destination, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

13. Hotels and accommodations

- See advice for traveling overnight: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/personal-social-activities.html#Traveling%20overnight

14. Food stops - The safest option is to bring your own food. If you don’t bring your own food, use drive-through, delivery, take-out, and curb-side pick-up options:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/essential-goods-services.html#deliver

Welp Pie-O-Neers™... I know it's a lot to SWALLOW... but things have changed DRASTICALLY with this virus and we want y'all to STAY SAFE... AND CONTINUE PIE-O-NEERING™ THROUGH IT ALL!


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Hand Sanitizer

August 21, 2020

Hey Pie-O-Neers™! IT’S FRIDAY, YAYYYYYYYYY! I hope everyone has had an AMAZING WEEK and that everyone has remained healthy and safe! Welcome back to COVID-19 FACTS FRIDAYS where we are serving up slices of pie that are filled with COVID-19 FACTS and INFORMATION. This week we are going to talk about HAND SANITIZER and which ones are actually strong enough to kill the coronavirus, and which ones are toxic and can harm us. Now I know you are probably thinking… AS IF THE CORONAVIRUS WASN’T ENOUGH TO WORRY ABOUT, NOW WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WHICH HAND SANITIZERS ARE HARMFUL AS WELL? Well, unfortunately the answer is… YES! NO WORRIES THOUGH… Your girl Meringue Love™ is here to serve you with everything you need to know! Now, I must warn you… THIS PIE IS HEFTY AND HARD TO DIGEST (PRONOUNCE)… SO I HOPE YOU BROUGHT YOUR APPETITE (AND DICTIONARY)! SO, LET’S DIVE IN… SHALL WE!

To be considered EFFECTIVE… hand sanitizers need to have a certain amount of at least one of two types of alcohol. They need to have at least 60% of Ethanol or 70% of Isopropanol. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, these levels are effective and safe on human skin. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have advised that the hand sanitizers listed below are “sub-potent,” meaning they lack enough active ingredients that would protect humans from infection:

• Alcohol Antiseptic 62% Hand Sanitizer (Quimica Magna de Mexico) • Assured Hand Sanitizer Vitamin E and Aloe (Albek de Mexico) • Assured Hand Sanitizer Aloe Vera (Albek de Mexico) • Bernal (Quimica Magna) • Datsen (Quimica Magna) • Derma70 Hand Sanitizer (Asiaticon) • Clean Humans (DEPQ Internacional) • CleanCare NoGerm (Precision Analitica Integral) • Dgreen (DEPQ Internaciona) • Hand Sanitizer (DEPQ Internacional) • HF&N (Healthy Food and Nutrition Lab) • Medically Minded (Asiaticon) • Modesa Hand Sanitizer with Moisturizers and Aloe Vera (Albek de Mexico) • NeoNatural (Limpo Quimicos) • Next Hand Sanitizer (Albek de Mexico) • Nuuxsan Instant Hand Sanitizer (Albek de Mexico) • OZO (Estrategia Hospitalaria) • Protz Real Protection Antibacterial (Asiaticon) • UltraCruz (Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Texas) • V-KLEAN (Asiaticon) • Yakana (Grupo Yakana) • Yacana Hand Sanitizer (Grupo Yacana)

The FDA is urging Americans to avoid some store-bought hand sanitizers because a large amount of them contain a “potentially toxic chemical”. According to the FDA these hand sanitizer are labeled as containing Ethanol, but once tested it was confirmed that they actually tested positive for Methanol, also known as Wood alcohol. Methanol can be very toxic when absorbed through the skin and lethal if swallowed. "The agency is aware of adults and children ingesting hand sanitizer products contaminated with methanol that has led to recent adverse events including blindness, hospitalizations and death," the FDA stated.

Back in June the FDA initially warned consumers of only nine different hand sanitizer to avoid, however since then, that list has become rather lengthy and more brands have tested positive for Methanol. The list of potentially dangerous hand sanitizers (SEE BELOW) includes brands sold at Walmart-owned “Sam’s Club and BJ’s Wholesale Club”, as well as “Targets.” The following is the latest list of potentially toxic sanitizers, according to the FDA:

• AAA Cosmetica's bio aaa Advance Hand Sanitizer • AAA Cosmetica's LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 4 oz • AAA Cosmetica's LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 16 oz • AAA Cosmetica's QualitaMed Hand Sanitizer • Broncolin's Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol • DDI Multinacional's Earths Amenities Instant Unscented Hand Sanitizer with Aloe Vera Advanced • DDI Multinacional's Hand Sanitizer Agavespa Skincare • DDI Multinacional's Vidanos Easy Cleaning Rentals Hand Sanitizer Agavespa Skincare • Eskbiochem's All-Clean Hand Sanitizer • Eskbiochem's Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer • Eskbiochem's Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer • Eskbiochem's The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer • Eskbiochem's CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol • Eskbiochem's CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol • Eskbiochem's CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol • 4E Global's Blumen Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer with 70% Alcohol • 4E Global's Blumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear Ethyl Alcohol 70% • 4E Global's Blumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear • 4E Global's Klar and Danver Instant Hand Sanitizer (labeled with Greenbrier International Inc.) • 4E Global's Modesa Instant Hand Sanitizer Moisturizers and Vitamin E • 4E Global's Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer • 4E Global's Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe • 4E Global's Blumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender • 4E Global's Blumen Clear Lear Advanced Hand Sanitizer • 4E Global's Blumen Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer • 4E Global's The Honeykeeper Hand Sanitizer • 4E Global's Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Clear • 4E Global's Blumen Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer • 4E Global's Blumen Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe • 4E Global's Blumen Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender • 4E Global's Blumen Aloe Advanced Hand Sanitizer, with 70% Alcohol • 4E Global's Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Lavender, with 70% alcohol • 4E Global's Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe, with 70% alcohol • 4E Global's Blumen Antibacterial Fresh Citrus Hand Sanitizer • 4E Global's Blumen Hand Sanitizer Fresh Citrus • 4E Global's Klar and Danver Instant Hand Sanitizer • 4E Global's Hello Kitty by Sanrio Hand Sanitizer • 4E Global's Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Vitamin E and Aloe) • 4E Global's Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Aloe and Moisturizers) • 4E Global's Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Vitamin E and Aloe • 4E Global's Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe and Moisturizers • 4E Global's Blumen Instant Hand Sanitizer Fragrance Free • 4E Global's Blumen Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe Vera • 4E Global's Assured Aloe • Eskbiochem's Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer • Grupo Insoma's Hand sanitizer Gel Unscented 70% Alcohol • ITECH 361's All Clean Hand Sanitizer, Moisturizer and Disinfectant • Jaloma Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 62% with Vitamin E • Leiper's Fork Distillery Bulk Disinfectant per 5 gallon and Leiper's Fork Distillery 16 oz • Limpo Quimicos' Andy's Best • Limpo Quimicos' Andy's • Limpo Quimicos' Gelclor • Limpo Quimicos' NeoNatural • Limpo Quimicos' Plus Advanced • Liqesa Exportacion or Liq-E-S.A.'s Optimus Lubricants Instant Hand Sanitizer • Maquiladora Miniara's Shine and Clean Hand Sanitizer • Maquiladora Miniara's Selecto Hand Sanitizer • MXL Comercial's Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl Alcohol (labeled with Resource Recovery & Trading LLC) • MXL Comercial's Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl Alcohol Rinse Free Hand Rub (labeled with Resource Recovery & Trading LLC) • Mystic International's Mystic Shield Protection hand sanitizer • Real Clean Distribuciones's Born Basic Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer • Real Clean Distribuciones's Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer • Real Clean Distribuciones's Scent Theory – Keep It Clean – Pure Clean Anti-bacterial Hand Sanitizer • Real Clean Distribuciones's Cavalry • Real Clean Distribuciones's ENLIVEN Hand Sanitizing Gel • Real Clean Distribuciones's Lux Eoi Hand Sanitizing Gel • Real Clean Distribuciones's Keep It Clean • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer • Real Clean Distribuciones's Hand Sanitizer • Soluciones Cosmeticas' Bersih Hand Sanitizer Gel Fragrance Free • Soluciones Cosmeticas' Antiseptic Alcohol 70% Topical Solution hand sanitizer • Soluciones Cosmeticas' Hand sanitizer (labeled with Wet Look Janitorial and Gardening Corp.) • Transliquid Technologies's Mystic Shield Protection hand sanitizer • Tropicosmeticos' Britz Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 70% • Yara Elena De La Garza Perez Nieto's Daesi hand sanitizer

WHEWWWWWWWW…. Well there you have Pie-O-Neers™! Are you STUFFED? I know I am… but, this is more than enough information to help you CHOOSE WISELY, STAY HEALTHY AND SAFE and more importantly KEEP ON PIE-O-NEERING™!

 

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Testing

August 14, 2020

Hey Pie-O-Neers™! IT’S FRIDAY, YAYYYYYYYYY! I hope these last couple of weeks have been BEYOND AMAZING and that everyone has remained healthy and safe! Welcome back to COVID-19 FACTS FRIDAYS where we are serving up slices of pie that are filled with COVID-19 FACTS and INFORMATION. Since we are all responsible for one another… In this edition we will be providing you with information and options to GET TESTED! I know… I know… this does not sound appetizing AT ALL… but as Pie-O-Neers ™ we have a responsibility to do what’s best for ourselves and our fellow Pie-O-Neer ™… SOOOOOOO let’s grab those forks and knives and DIVE ON IN!

What Types Of Testing Are Available?

There are three types of tests available for COVID-19: polymerase chain reaction (PCR), antigen, and antibody (SEROLOGY) testing.

- The PCR Test is a molecular test that takes a swab from inside your nose or throat, mixes the sample with certain chemicals, and then tests for the presence of COVID-19 genetic material that’s active in your body. This test is the most accurate, meaning if it says you are positive than most likely you are.

- The Antigen Test is similar to the PCR test in that it is looking for certain parts of the virus, primarily proteins that are on the outside of the virus. However, that test is not able to amplify the viral particles. If there are not enough present in the sample, it will not show a positive result.

- An Antibody Test uses a tiny sample of blood to identify the signs that you’ve already had the virus, which can still be useful for contact-tracing how the disease is spreading.

When Should I Get Tested?

- If you’ve been exposed to someone you think has COVID-19 or been in any kind of large crowd, you should get tested as soon as you can, according to Health Line.

- If you have to travel, especially on airplanes or any other type of public transit, you should be tested regularly.

How to Find Testing Sites?

- You can find a testing site near you by searching online at sites like Cast Light, and you can also check neighborhood drop-in clinics and urgent care facilities.

- Exercise caution when deciding on a time and place to be tested, because waiting in a crowd is a bad idea unless there’s no other way to be tested.

- You can also call ahead to ask what a particular place is doing to ensure the safety of their visitors.

How Are Some Differences in Testing Sites?

- Testing at a hospital, should not be your first option due to hospitals experiencing high volume and shortages because of COVID-19. If it’s the best choice for you, call ahead to see if there are any specific requirements to make an appointment or be screened in advance. Also to find out if you need a doctor’s referral.

- Testing at a clinic may be more accessible and with fewer barriers to get tested. Many community clinics and walk-in medical services are offering testing and some have pop-up clinics.

- Testing at a drive-through clinic is a great option for “At-Risk” individuals who need as less contact as possible. You just drive up for a swab test and are contacted by phone or text once your results come back.

How Much Do Tests Cost?

- With or without insurance one can end up paying $0-$100 out of pocket for a test, and that is not inclusive to the doctor’s visit fee. 

- Call ahead to find out what the cost is and/or look for free testing in your community, this option is available for people who meet the criteria.

How Long Does it Take for Results to Come Back?

- Results for COVID-19 takes anywhere from at least about a day to up to a week or more, according to CNET. Right now, factors like health-worker shortages, distancing protocols, and available number of testing kits means the wait is both hard to predict and potentially very long. 

Well Pie-O-Neers ™, there you have it! I know it is a lot of Humble Pie to take in and digest, Right? But… it’s very necessary, and we have to all do our part to stop the spread of this deadly virus, even if that means being tested. I hope this information was helpful and continues take help you all be the BEST PIE-O-NEERS ™ YOU CAN BE!

 

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Back To School 2020

July 17, 2020

Hey Pie-O-Neers™! IT’S FRIDAY, YAYYYYYYYYY! I hope this week has been BEYOND AMAZING and that everyone has remained healthy and safe! Welcome back to COVID-19 FACTS FRIDAYS where we are serving up slices of pie that are filled with COVID-19 FACTS and INFORMATION. This week we will be addressing BACK TO SCHOOL and what that may look like for you and your household.

So far, 2020 has been like no other year any of us have ever experienced, RIGHT? Back in March when this Pandemic broke out the country (THE WORLD CRAIG) shut down and many were laid off from one job (THAT PAYS THE BILLS) and forced into another job (THAT DOESN’T PAY ANYTHING)! Yep, every parent in America had to become A TEACHER… ON THE SPOT... WITH NO TRAINING! With Fall right around the corner, the COVID-19 numbers steady rising and the President “DEMANDING” that states re-open schools (DESPITE THE PROFESSIONALS ADVICE, NOT TO OPEN) so many parents are TERRIFIED and unsure of what their options are for their children going back to school. WELL, DON’T WORRY… Because your girl, MERINGUE LOVE has done some research to hopefully help make this decision less stressful for you! So, we are not wasting any time… grab your utensils and LET’S DIVE RIGHT INTO THIS PIE!

In-Person Learning: This option is any form of "INSTRUCTIONAL INTERACTION" that takes place “IN PERSON” and in “REAL TIME” between certified teachers and students. This is how our children normally attend school and this what the President is demanding all states return to. However, this option may not be available (Depends on the state) and parents may be afraid to send their children back to school due to COVID-19.

Virtual Learning K-12: This is a school choice option in which students learn in a "DIGITAL SPACE" using a "WEB-BASED CURRICULUM" with highly-qualified teachers from the county in which your child would normally attend school and do In-Person Learning. With Virtual Learning, students have full access to their teachers for each subject, and are able to correspond with them via email, phone, instant message, or virtual classroom. With this option your child would be on the same schedule as they would normally be if they were doing In-Person Learning and will have the same requirements with their assignments as well. *This option does have an enrollment date deadline and you will need to check with your county to find out that information.

Virtual Learning K-12 (FLEX): Some states/counties may offer a Virtual Learning option that is "MORE FLEXIBLE" and will allow your child to work at their pace and on the schedule that works for you and them. This option still allows your child to have access to their teachers when needed… however, your child needs to be able to work more independently. Also if you decide to enroll your child in this option and it does not work out, you can always get them enrolled in in the normal Virtual Learning program that your county offers.

Home Education: Home education is a "PARENT-DIRECTED" educational option that satisfies the requirement for regular school attendance. Parents have the freedom to determine their child's educational path and the plan for reaching their goals. Students that are home-schooled have the opportunity to explore and learn at their own pace, in any location or at any time. With home education a parent can utilize any curriculum plan you like for your child… however, some counties offer the option for you to use their Virtual Learning curriculum (all of it or specific courses) you would just have to see what their requirements are for you to use it. Also, parent have to hold a valid certification in the subjects or grades that you will be teaching or they must comply with whatever the states requirements are if you are not certified.

*Let me just say that the information I am providing are options that are available in all states, however you will need to go to your county’s school district website and confirm the details and requirements of these options…. as well as the deadlines to sign up!

*All of these options are for Elementary, Middle School and High School students. If you have a child going away to College you will need to contact the University directly. 

*There is no cost for any of these options and are for public schools.

There you have it Pie-O-Neers™! I think all of these are GREAT OPTIONS and can be applied to any SITUATION or CONCERNS you as a parent may have. Now, I won't try to tell you what option you should choose, or what I chose (BECAUSE THAT'S MY BUSINESS..RIGHT🙂)... but I will tell you... YOU NEED TO PICK SOMETHING! HAPPY PIE-O-NEERING™!!

 

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Face Mask... Yes or No?

July 10, 2020

Hey Pie-O-Neers™! How are you doing? I hope you have had an AMAZING week and remained healthy and safe! With that being said… IT’S FRIDAY, YAYYYYYYYY! Welcome back to COVID-19 Facts Fridays™ where we serve slices of pie that pertain to COVID-19. This week we will be providing FACTS and INFORMATION on wearing face masks since this is the most popular debate and topic at hand worldwide, but mainly here in the United States. Here at The Humble Pie Blog we ABSOLUTELY encourage all of our Pie-O-Neers™ to wear a face mask/covering… however, for this HEFTY slice of humble pie we are about to serve you, we encourage you to remove your face mask/covering so that you can take in every bite of it! So get your utensils... AND LET’S DIVE RIGHT IN!!!

Why Should We Wear A Facemask/Covering and Does It Help?

A number of Americans are questioning wearing a face mask and some go as far as protesting the idea of wearing a face mask for a number of reasons… but the most common reason is rather it works or not... which is a fair argument, RIGHT? YES IT IS! Considering at the beginning of this pandemic we were told by health professionals and politicians that wearing a mask did not help. However, through research we found that the number of scientific studies that support the notion that face mask are a critical tool needed in curbing the spread of COVID-19 have went up. For example there is a meta-analysis of 172 studies that looked at various ways to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, SARS and MERS, and during this study it was found that wearing a face mask reduced the risk of viral transmission, significantly.

*Please click on the link to read this study and get more in-depth information. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31142-9/fulltext#%20

Is Wearing a Face mask/Covering Required By Law?

Having to wear a face mask/covering currently IS NOT a national law… however, there are a number of states that implemented “MASK MANDATES” that require you to wear a face mask in public. None of these orders apply to children ages 2-years-old or younger, but 3-years-old and up, it is a requirement. Also, different businesses, shopping marts, airlines and public transportation are now requiring a face mask/covering to enter and utilize the services. Now, Pie-O-Neers™ don’t you go into a public place ACTING A UP! Talking about... “I HAVE THE RIGHT TO NOT WEAR A MASK”... because THEY HAVE THE RIGHT, TO NOT DO BUSSINESS WITH YOU!

*Click on the link to get a list of states and specific requirements for “MASK MANDATES”. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/07/03/covid-face-masks-states-require-public/5371503002/

What Type of Face mask/Covering Should I Wear?

Since a face mask/covering has become the latest ACCESSORY to our everyday attire, you definitely want to make sure that you are wearing the proper face mask/covering and for our Pie-O-Neers™ the MOST STYLISH ones, RIGHT? According to the CDC, any type of cloth face covering can help with the spread of COVID-19, however when researching which face mask/coverings provide the best protection for COVID-19 it was found that face mask/coverings come in so many different shapes, sizes, materials and colors… but none of these are created equal. So scientist tested four different types of face mask which included: Bandana, Loosely-Folded Cotton Handkerchief, Two-Layered Quilted Cotton and Cone-Style. Of those four face mask/coverings it was found that the Two-Layered Quilted Cotton face mask turned out to be the covering that blocked the most droplets, which is how COVID-19 is transmitted into the air and onto surfaces.

*Click on the links to get more information and different types of face mask/coverings, as well as pricing. https://abcnews.go.com/Health/scientists-test-face-covering-style-best-protects-coronavirus/story?id=71552469&fbclid=IwAR3a6lwtpZDg6PmkY8-CDPbKhoVULO65Vilx6dp6AF9wEu0I4AYlHiePoRY

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/reviewedcom/2020/06/29/10-best-cloth-face-masks-we-tested-athleta-tom-bihn-and-more/3278947001/?fbclid=IwAR1IYOMk9Y2bvDzA_cqMU33oCt6vjEYx0xKkyh%25EF%25BB%25BF

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/16/cnn-underscored/face-masks-that-give-back/index.html?iid=fbo&fbclid=IwAR0QQX7funApJ7qUEUqFX-jLuKwtTsZJmLgdPhqwcz_a6vpJyT1LqqFVWEk

So there you have it Pie-O-Neers™.... we have NO EXCUSES…. PLEASE WEAR YOUR FACE MASK/COVERING! It’s truly a matter between LIFE AND DEATH… WE CHOOSE LIFE!


COVID-19 Facts Fridays™ Copyright © 2020 by The Humble Pie Blog

July 3, 2020

Hey Pie-O-Neers™! As promised… Today we are going to provide some “Delicious Tips™” that are very simple and common practices that you and your loved ones can perform daily to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. So Let’s DIVE IN!

Along with following other tips, make sure your mouth and nose is always covered with a cloth face covering.

Always maintain the distance of 6 feet or 2 arms’ length between yourself and others.

Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth prior to washing your hands.

Wash hands often and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at your home, work space and vehicle.

Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow or tissue

Listen for and follow instructions from your local government and national leadership about social distancing and staying home.

 *All of these tips are suggested and approved by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and can be found and confirmed on the cdc.gov website:  https://www.cdc.gov/?fbclid=IwAR3tlwb_-_qAAaycJRQD1r03AXQNN0iSzGe-2p-Ch_9aI5FHNAUW_Ybw-S8


COVID-19 Facts Fridays

July 2, 2020

Hey Pie-O-Neers™! Welcome to “COVID-19 Facts Fridays™"… A slice of pie that I can’t really say that I am excited to be serving here at The Humble Pie Blog… but, I know it is more than necessary, and it would be extremely irresponsible for us not to speak on and provide as much information about this deadly virus and the effects it is having on the world.

In this segment you can trust that we will be providing our Pie-O-Neers™ with ACTUAL FACTS and INFORMATION quoted and cited from reputable sources, as well as adding our FLAVA’ to it.

Our hope is that our Pie-O-Neers™ will devour all of this HUMBLING PIE that will be served and go and show the world what true "PIE-O-NEERING™” is, by applying it to your personal lives and doing your part to help "FLATTEN THE CURVE", prevent the spreading of COVID-19 and help “SAVE LIVES”!

 

 

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Defining COVID-19

COVID-19 noun

\ ˈkō-vid-nīn-ˈtēn \

variants: or less commonly Covid-19 or covid-19

Definition of COVID-19

1: a mild to severe respiratory illness that is caused by a coronavirus (Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 of the genus Betacoronavirus), is transmitted chiefly by contact with infectious material (such as respiratory droplets) or with objects or surfaces contaminated by the causative virus, and is characterized especially by fever, cough, and shortness of breath and may progress to pneumonia and respiratory failure

NOTE: COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

"An infectious and deadly coronavirus that has killed thousands in China hasspread to at least 44 countries, stirring fears that COVID-19 may soon become a pandemic". — Darryl Coote

"As the number of confirmed global cases of COVID-19 continues to climb,analysts are beginning to forecast that the impact of the epidemic will stretch into the second quarter of 2020, which will likely impact the earnings of companies …" — Georgia Williams

"The viral outbreak officially became a pandemic in the eyes of the World Health Organization, which cited the alarming spread of the disease called covid-19 and the slow response of many nations to try to contain it". — Joel Achenbach et al.

— called also coronavirus, coronavirus disease, coronavirus disease 2019, CV-19, CV19 

— see SARS-COV-2

2: the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 : SARS-COV-2

"The goal of the vaccine is to trick cells to produce antibodies against COVID-19's surface protein, thereby eliminating the virus with the body's own immune system". — Miriam Fauzia

"Germs exist on surfaces in our everyday living spaces, including viruses like Covid-19, says Professor Wendy Graham, who works at the department of infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine". — Aine Fox and Catherine Wylie

 

(Merriam-Webster Since 1828 https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/COVID-19)

 


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