• Emily Duke Hargan

Unofficial Insider's Guide to Coronavirus #8

Hello from Washington, DC!  

The Hargan family is doing well and moving slowly today into our fifth week of homeschooling and teleworking.  I'm starting to feel like I'm in "Groundhog Day"-- half expecting to wake up every morning to "I've Got You Babe".

Again, many thanks to all of you for your thoughtful texts, calls and emails.  I love hearing from each and every one of you.  

Here's some top-line Information:

--Updates on cases of coronavirus in the US

--Visual Data:  CDC Coronavirus Interactive or Information is Beautiful Coronavirus Datapack

New and Notable items this week:

#1:  Last Thursday, President Trump announced his guidelines for Opening Up America Again.  This is a three-phased approach that will help state and local authorities when re-opening their economies, getting people back to work and continuing to protect Americans.  

#2:  More than 97% of the US population is on a stay-at-home order.  The President indicated late last week that many states can begin to re-open on May 1st.  This is where all 50 states stand on reopening.

#3:  There are a number of drugs, tests and tactics that may conquer the coronavirus.  Here are some of the safe and moderately effective therapies available while we develop a vaccine.


#4:  The first phase of testing has been about who has the virus.  The second phase will be about who had it or who is still fighting it.  More information on antibody testing here.

#5:  Several new apps out there that help you stay connected, deal with stress and anxiety and even track symptoms.

--CDC App with self-checker & latest coronavirus news reports

--FEMA App designed to alert you about imminent dangers (add up to five locations)

--COVID-19 Symptom Tracker developed by Mass General cancer center to help identify those at risk sooner and slow the spread of the disease

--How We Feel App helps reveal self-reported coronavirus trends by location

--Nod App which was originally created for college students is useful for helping people who feel isolated connect


For the Monday (or whatever day it is) blahs...

--Watch John Krasinski's Some Good News.  In this episode he has Brad Pitt stop by to do the weather.   

--Send a someone a snack.  We like Candy Club or Munchpak .

--Learn how to play the guitar (three free months on Fender play).

--Start planning your weekend camping trip--to your backyard!!

--Missed the first two episodes of "The Last Dance", ESPN's doc on MJ?  Watch it here.

--Support local. Try alcohol delivery!  In the DC Metro area, we use Total Wine.

--Put up a hammock in the backyard and take the day off.


I hope that your week is off to a good start.  I have already googled "Geometry proofs for dummies" and also used my calculator to multiply 9x7.  I think I've got to get Thomas on FaceTime with my Dad to do his math schoolwork (hint, hint).  Let me know any tips you have for keeping your kids on task but also not making it so hard on them either.  

Please keep us in your prayers as we hold you close in ours.  Stay safe and healthy.

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