A Doctor’s Coronavirus Advice … Ken Schieck

1) NO HANDSHAKING! Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc.

2) Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc.. Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove.

3) Open doors with your closed fist or hip – do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors.

4) Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.

5) Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from ANY activity that involves locations where other people have been.

6) Keep a bottle of sanitizer available at each of your home’s entrances. AND in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated objects when you can’t immediately wash your hands.

7) If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more!

What I have stocked in preparation for the pandemic spread to the US:

1) Latex or nitrile latex disposable gloves for use when going shopping, using the gasoline pump, and all other outside activity when you come in contact with contaminated areas.

Note: This virus is spread in large droplets by coughing and sneezing. This means that the air will not infect you! BUT all the surfaces where these droplets land are infectious for about a week on average – everything that is associated with infected people will be contaminated and potentially infectious. The virus is on surfaces and you will not be infected unless your unprotected face is directly coughed or sneezed upon.                                                     This virus only has cell receptors for lung cells (it only infects your lungs) The only way for the virus to infect you is through your nose or mouth via your hands or an infected cough or sneeze onto or into your nose or mouth.                                                          2) Stock up now with disposable surgical masks and use them to prevent you from touching your nose and/or mouth (We touch our nose/mouth 90X/day without knowing it!). This is the only way this virus can infect you – it is lung-specific. The mask will not prevent the virus in a direct sneeze from getting into your nose or mouth – it is only to keep you from touching your nose or mouth.          3) Stock up now with hand sanitizers and latex/nitrile gloves (get the appropriate sizes for your family). The hand sanitizers must be alcohol-based and greater than 60% alcohol to be effective.           4) Stock up now with zinc lozenges. These lozenges have been proven to be effective in blocking coronavirus (and most other viruses) from multiplying in your throat and nasopharynx. Use as directed several times each day when you begin to feel ANY “cold-like” symptoms beginning. It is best to lie down and let the lozenge dissolve in the back of your throat and nasopharynx. Cold-Eeze   lozenges is one brand available, but there are other brands available.

Community Service … Leona Fails

Merry Christmas to all our AARP members.  We have an opportunity to make it a better holiday for many children.  Sacred Heart is collecting toys and books for about 6,000 kids.  We can help them meet this goal by bringing new unwrapped toys and books to our December meeting.  Sacred Heart is also collecting new and used sleeping bags for adults that really need them.  Donations are always welcome.

Community Service … Leona Fails

Cyber Safety: Thurs., Aug. 15, 10:00 – 11:00 am, Rm Q80, FREE

Older adults frequently encounter scams through emails, websites, and phone calls which are designed to mislead them into compromising their assets or personal information.  Cupertino High School student Venu Chillal will be partnering with the Campbell IT Department to provide information regarding such threats, how to differentiate between scams and genuine notices, how to avoid being targeted, and how to act in case of a scam.  To register, call the Adult Center Office at 408-866-2146.

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Remember to bring backpacks (avoid red and blue) and school supplies to the next meeting for the Sacred Heart Community Service project.  Money is also welcome.  Let’s send the children off to a good start.  Sacred Heart continues to need these supplies throughout the school year for new incoming students, elementary level to high school.

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Driver Safety Program, an 8-Hour Course (Two Half Days)  A review of safe-driving habits. Wednesday, 8/28; and Friday, 8/30, 9 AM – 1 PM, Campbell Community Center, Q80. $15 AARP Members, $20 Non-Members, Pre-registration is required. There are 3 options to register:

1. Sign up @ Campbell Communutiy Center office (contact Kimi)

2. Call Mr. Berube @ 408 926-9633

3. Sign up via email @aarpsdc@gmail.com 

Community Service … Leona Fails

Friends of Campbell Library Book Sale is the 2nd Saturday of every month, 10:00 – 1:00, at the Campbell Library.

County of Santa Clara’s House Sharing Program matches people who have under-utilized homes with individuals living and working in Santa Clara County who are seeking affordable housing options. This is operated by: Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, 2625 Zanker Road, San Jose, CA, 95134, 408-325- 5134

Community Service…Marilyn Clough

Hopefully, many of you helped in your own way with getting out this month’s vote in the mid-term election.  What a relief that’s over!   Now we can concentrate on collecting our volunteer hours; rounding up eyeglasses, hearing aids, books-on-tape, and other useful items; and putting a bag together for Sacred Heart Community Service.   A year-round need exists for all these items (except the election!)  As Thanksgiving season draws near, we in our community can certainly appreciate how fortunate we are personally and that so many organizations, including our chapter, exist to help others.