Dear Readers: During this time of social distancing, it’s easy to get off track from our daily routine — stay in our bathrobe all day or get a bit careless about our appearance or housekeeping.
Here are a few hints to help you get your life in order:
● First, establish a routine. Get up at the same time every day, go to bed at the same time.
● Assign yourself certain tasks each day. For example: Monday, vacuum the whole house. Tuesday, change the sheets. Wednesday, empty the dishwasher. Thursday, do one load of laundry, etc. Write down the tasks to be accomplished that day and tape it to your bathroom mirror or on the refrigerator.
● Exercise. Get up during commercials and stretch those muscles. Walk around the house or yard.
● Eat as healthy as you can. Don’t munch between meals. Many of us eat not because we’re hungry, but because we’re bored.
Remember, this social distancing will end, so hang in there. Stay healthy; stay safe.
Dear Heloise: There is a new scam in town: people posing as census takers who claim that you need to respond to their questions to receive your stimulus check. They also use a fraudulent website that makes every effort to gather as much personal information as possible. Do not let them into your home. DO NOT give them any personal or financial information.
A real census worker will have a Census Bureau's ID badge, which also has a Department of Commerce watermark and expiration date. They will also have a copy of the letter the bureau sent to you. Be sure you ask to see these items.
If you are told to check their website, make certain it has a census.gov domain. Check to make sure there is "https://" or a symbol of a lock in the browser window.
— Jason in Virginia
Dear Heloise: My sister-in-law believes any virus cure she hears on television will keep her safe from covid-19. She swears that wearing a mask and constant hand-washing are not beneficial enough. What should we believe?
— Jo Ann in Louisiana
Jo Ann in Louisiana: Masks and hand-washing, along with social distancing are, at this time, just about the only things you can do to prevent the virus from making you ill. You’ll hear a lot of rumors about cures or prevention methods, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends hand-washing frequently and using a mask in public places. Do not fall prey to dangerous tactics to remain healthy, even if the product you’re considering for purchase is touted by a well-known figure. Well known does not necessarily mean well informed. For more in-depth information on the novel coronavirus and other health-related issues, visit the website cdc.gov.
As difficult as these past few months have been, we’re all in this together. So let’s be patient and diligent with the current guidelines, and we’ll get through this.
2020, King Features Syndicate