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55. What should you do if you may have been exposed to the virus or infected?

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Q: What should I do if I may have been exposed to the virus or infected?πŸ’Tracy: First of all, within 14 days of your exposure, please practice self quarantine, minimize your interaction with others. Practice hygiene including wearing a mask, wash hands frequently, clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, etc.  The most likely time window for COVID-19 infection is about 5-7 days if you indeed get infected. Symptoms may start to show up during or after this time window. Secondly, continue to monitor your body condition closely, and establish a baseline before you notice any symptoms. Body baseline include: 

Body temperature (by using a Basal Body Thermometer, for example);SPO2 (blood oxygen level, by using a Finger Pulse Oximeter, for example);Resting breathing rate, resting heart rate, resting blood pressure, etc. If you have other medical conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, it is important you continue to monitor these conditions and note your baseline level before an…

"Creativity against COVID-19" Contest Entry Ended on 6/30/2020! Thank you for Participation!

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The “Creativity against COVID-19” Contest is a creative art contest for K-12 students age from 6 to 18. Team is encouraged. Artwork must be in the forms of picture, video, animation or other multi-media format with a story based on the content from “COVID-19: Tracy’s Guide for Families”. It should be posted online on social media and is viewable to the public. 

Entry to the contest ended on June 30, 2020 (Tuesday). Participants may write to tracyuca@gmail.com to update your entry.

The artworks entered the contest can be found on the following page:
https://tracysguide.blogspot.com/p/creativity-against-covid-19-contest.html


(Sample artwork chosen from the most recent entries of the Contest)

The artworks submitted will be reviewed by a selection committee appointed by the organizers in four categories: content, quality, creativity/imagination, and popularity. The names of the prize winners will be announced in mid-July 2020.

The prize winners will be awarded cash prizes up to $1,500 (Grand Pr…

"Creativity against COVID-19" Contest: Win up to $1,500!

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The “Creativity against COVID-19” Contest is a COVID-19 public health education program co-hosted by UCA, Chinese American Engineers and Scientists Association of Southern Californian (CESASC) and Xing Memorial Fund (XMF). The contest opens to K-12 students age from 6 to 18. Team is encouraged. 

Artwork must be in the forms of picture, video, animation or other multi-media format with a story based on the content from “COVID-19: Tracy’s Guide for Families”. It should be posted online on social media and is viewable to the public. Participants should submit the URL of the artwork to us by the end of June 30, 2020 (Tuesday) at:
https://forms.gle/4H1NJbcYWUNv5pGe9.

The artworks submitted will be reviewed by a selection committee appointed by the organizers in four categories: content, quality, creativity/imagination, and popularity. The names of the prize winners will be announced in mid-July 2020.

The prize winners will be awarded cash prizes up to $1,500 (Grand Prize) and winner certificat…

Press Release: The Deadline of " Creativity against COVID-19 " Young Creative Artists Contest Is Extended to June 30, 2020 (Tuesday)

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Washington, DC (June 14, 2020) – The Organizing Committee of “Creativity against COVID-19” Young Creative Artists Contest announced today to extend the deadline of the artwork submission to June 30, 2020 (Tuesday). The “Creativity against COVID-19” Contest is a COVID-19 public health education program co-hosted by UCA, Chinese American Engineers and Scientists Association of Southern Californian (CESASC) and Xing Memorial Fund (XMF).

The contest opens to K-12 students age from 6 to 18. Team is encouraged. Artwork must be in the forms of picture, video, animation or other multi-media format with a story based on the content from “COVID-19: Tracy’s Guide for Families”. It should be posted online on social media and is viewable to the public. Participants should submit the URL of the artwork to us by the end of June 30, 2020 (Tuesday) at:
https://forms.gle/4H1NJbcYWUNv5pGe9.

The artworks submitted will be reviewed by a selection committee appointed by the organizers in four categories: co…

54: Healthcare Worker Protection during Pandemic

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Q: I’m a healthcare worker who needs to travel between home and the hospital every day. What should I pay attention to?

πŸ’Tracy: The most important things to think about are 3 zones:

Zone 1 - high risk area: How to protect yourself at work, especially if you have to interact with infected patients or work in high risk areas;

Zone 2 - at home or other public places: How to protect your family, friends, and others who you may have to interact with, including the public;

Zone 3 - in between home and work: How to protect yourself and others during your travel, and use your vehicle as a transition zone to achieve the above two goals.

The following are some of the practical considerations for healthcare workers, in addition to workplace guidelines, official guidelines provided by CDC and governmental agencies, and other public sources such as professional associations.

Zone 1 at work:
Protect yourself with proper PPEs that are used at your work setting, and, Do due diligence to minimize all risk…

53. How to minimize the risk of infection in large social gatherings during the COVID pandemics?

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Q: How to minimize the risk of infection in large social gatherings during the COVID pandemics?
πŸ’Tracy: In the COVID pandemics, social gatherings present a very challenging situation and a real increased risk of infection, especially if there is a large crowd of people. This risk is greatly heightened if:  a large number of people do not wear masks or practice good hygiene;in very confined space, especially indoors;in very crowded settings, especially if social distancing cannot be maintained;in very emotional situations that are difficult to predict or contain the outcome (such as funerals or large parties);if many people will be singing, chanting, or talking loudly, such as in large rallies, protests, marches, etc. Please read carefully CDC's guideline on mass gathering, and how to plan and prepare such events. Minimize such events unless absolutely needed.

If you want to attend such events, please weigh in your benefits versus risks very carefully. Everyone’s situation is differ…