Thursday, March 26, 2020

Coronavirus - Protect yourself and family by supporting your immune system

Start viewing at 12:10 minutes to find out more about techniques to manage stress and support immunity.

March 25, 2020 - On this edition of LifeWave NOW, cohosts Jim Caldwell and Paula Shaw bring on LifeWave CEO David Schmidt to talk about what steps the company is taking regarding the Coronavirus and its effects, and what viewers can do to protect themselves and their families.

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Pandemic Case Study: 35 die in Washington state nursing home

Use the Wall Street Journal article to provide background information for a pandemic case study.

A case study should have the following sections.

  • Background information
  • Problem statement
  • Data analysis
  • Alternative solutions
  • Evaluation of solutions
  • Recommendations
  • Implementation plan
  • References
  • Appendices (other related information, charts, tables, etc.)

Reference: Elizabeth Koh, Jon Kamp and Dan Frosch. (March 23, 2020). One nursing home, 35 Coronavirus deaths: Inside the Kirkland disaster. The Wall Street Journal. 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

What to do in an earthquake

Fallen debris is seen at a building in Salt Lake City after an earthquake on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.Spenser Heaps/The Deseret News via AP
Salt Lake City, Utah (March 18, 2020) - An early morning 5.7 magnitude woke up some residents along Utah's Wasatch front. Aftershocks continued throughout the day. By the evening some 60 aftershocks had occurred. 50,000 residents were without power. Damage was minimal and no injuries were reported.

However, a number of buildings were damaged and some falling debris landed on the streets and sidewalks. Downtown workers who were not home already because of the corona virus were told to stay home.

In an earthquake, the best advice is DROP,  COVER, and HOLD ON. Get under a desk or a table, not in a doorway.

Even in a taller building, Utah Emergency Management recommends it is better to stay indoors until the earthquake has stopped. Then, go out only if you are going to move to a safer location.

When thousands of people were evacuated from the Salt Lake City airport, it was only after it was deemed safe to go outside.

Utah responds to 5.7 earthquake: Salt Lake International Airport closes ...

Scientist David Schmidt provides COVID-19 options


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Utah has a magnitude 5.7 earthquake

Utah PIO Association (March 18, 2020)

Dr. Keith Koper of the University of Utah Seismograph Stations explains the magnitude of the 5.7 earthquake in Utah today.

The best sources for information are:

@UtahEmergency on Twitter
UtahEmergency on Facebook
University of Utah Seismograph Stations
Utah Geological Survey


Myth: Officials are predicting a larger earthquake in the next 30 minutes.
Fact: Earthquakes cannot be predicted. However, we are 95 percent certain that the earthquake this morning was the main quake.

Myth: Officials (FEMA) are telling people to evacuate
Fact: They are not. This was a strong earthquake, but see actual sources above. We expect to see some damage, but we will get through this

Myth: Shut off your natural gas
Fact: Only shut it off if you hear or smell gas escaping.

Myth: Get in a doorway.
Fact: It's better to get under a table or desk.

Myth: Earthquakes can be predicted. They cannot be predicted, however, we expect that the earthquake we felt today was the largest one of the sequence. That is true in 95% of earthquakes.

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Utah plans to combat Coronavirus

Announcements from Gov. Gary R. Herbert, the Utah COVID-19 Community Task Force, the Utah Department of Health, and the Utah Association of Local Health Departments

March 12, 2020

These proactive measures to limit the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Utah communities are effective for the next two weeks beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020. At that time, the Utah Coronavirus Task Force will re-evaluate these recommendations to determine the most appropriate actions we need to take as a state to keep Utahns healthy. 
Limit mass gatherings of more than 100 people if everyone in the group is healthy, including church. 
This includes gatherings such as church and religious services, concerts, conferences, and other events or places where large numbers of people gather together. 
This recommendation does not currently apply to public K-12 grade schools. We ask that local school districts and schools with closely with their local health officers on a case-by-case basis to determine if or when it is appropriate to close schools. 
If you are immunocompromised or have underlying medical conditions which put you at an increased risk for severe symptoms of COVID-19, you should not attend any mass gatherings. 
Stay home if you are sick. We ask employers for leniency and tolerance for employees who are sick and need to stay home to help prevent the spread of this disease. 
If you are older than the age of 60 or are immunocompromised, you should limit your participation in groups of more than 20 at a time. 
Anyone who is immunocompromised or who has underlying medical conditions which puts them at an increased risk for severe symptoms for COVID-19 should avoid gatherings with 20 or more people. This recommendation does not apply to businesses. 
If you can work from home, we are asking business leaders to implement teleworking as soon as possible. 
Businesses should allow employees to telework immediately, if feasible. We encourage business leaders to make teleworking available to as many employees as possible and expand what they may already be doing in this regard. 
Long-term care facilities will have restricted or screened access. 
Local health departments must protect our most vulnerable citizens. We ask that local health departments work closely with long-term care facilities to restrict visitor access and monitor employees and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19. 
All Utah Systems of Higher Education institutions are ‘going digital’. Campuses and campus services will remain open. Labs will still be held. 
Encourage social distancing and travel restrictions for students, employees, and staff. Restrict nonessential travel for employees. School-sponsored events and gatherings should be canceled. Classes will be conducted online as immediately as possible 
K-12 schools (public, charter, private) are being asked to prepare to close. There is a 3 tiered plan in place for this, called “Ready, Set, Go.” 
Closing a school is a local decision supported by the state and public health officials. The decision to close a school should not be made out of fear or anxiety but rather in close coordination with your local health officer. Do not close schools unless there is an imminent threat to students and staff and in close coordination with your local health officer. Additional guidance on school closures is forthcoming. 
All school related out-of-state travel is canceled. Extracurricular activities will be evaluated by local health officers in consultation with schools. Schools should begin planning to postpone or cancel large school-sponsored events and gatherings, such as assemblies, conferences, sporting events, etc. again, in consultation with their local health officer. Consider staggering recesses, lunch times, and the start and end times of school dismissal so students aren’t gathered in large numbers at one time. 
Teachers and staff should amplify hygiene measures in the classroom such cleaning high-touch surfaces regularly and having students wash their hands more frequently before and after lunch, recess, etc.

Mardons: Science shows benefits of prayer and meditation

Mardons: Science shows benefits of prayer and meditation

When used in conjunction with other healthy habits, such as a nutritious diet and regular exercise, spiritual practice can bolster the immune system and quiet the mind. If Canada follows suit with Europe and Asia by closing public spaces, solitary prayer and meditation is a compelling alternative to social worship and may help Canadians stay healthy in body and mind.

Austin and Catherine Mardon

Utah response to Coronavirus