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Today I’m doing two new things on Understandably.com.
First, I’m publishing a newsletter on a Saturday. Never done that before.
Second, I’ve included a 20-minute audio interview. Technically, it’s a podcast—the first one I’ve ever recorded.
I’ve wanted to try both of these things, and I’m doing it today for a good reason — to give me a way to share a valuable article in The Wall Street Journal that is unfortunately behind a paywall: “What to Put in a Covid-19 Emergency Home-Care Kit” ($).
The most important part of the article is a shopping list. It’s all the things you want to have on hand ahead of time, so you can take care of someone who winds up getting a mild to moderate Covid-19 infection—but who needs to recuperate at home (in other words, not in a hospital).
I hate to say it, but a lot of people are going to get this. Millions will be recovering at home. For some, the symptoms will be mild, but for others: no fun.
And, that means millions more of us will be taking care of them.
Anyway, I can’t just cut and paste the WSJ article here because of copyrights. So, I did three things.
I pulled out the packing list itself, and added a few things. That’s “fair use” under the law, and it’s below.
I did an interview with the author of the WSJ story, Hilary Potkewitz, recorded the whole thing, and basically turned it into a quick, 20-minute podcast.
I spent a few bucks to do a transcription, which you can find here. It’s 4,000 words so I wanted to break it up.
In case you don’t have time to listen or read, here’s the shopping and preparedness list. After reading the article and talking with Potkewitz, I felt like I had more of a handle on what to do if my wife or daughter winds up sick, or what they can do for me if I wind up with it.
Face masks that cover nose and mouth. Ideally these would be surgical masks (not an N95-type mask). Still, given shortages that’s unlikely. (Here’s a good guide to making homemade ones).
Latex or rubber gloves (for entering sick person’s room, doing laundry, etc.).
Laundry detergent. Wash everything on hot.
Nail brush. (The #1 thing all the doctors said over and over was to keep washing your hands. If you’re not using a nail brush, especially for a sick person, you’re missing part of this.)
Paper towels, soap and tissues. Every sick person needs their own supplies. If they’re sharing a bathroom, everyone else’s toiletries need to come out, and the sick person needs to use their own roll of paper towels to dry after washing hands.
Cutlery—maybe even paper or disposable—so that the sick person isn’t eating off the same things as other people in the house.
Over the counter cold medicines.
Pulse oximeter and batteries (might be hard to find at the moment though)
Saline nasal spray
Tylenol (acetaminophen). Also be sure that you get children’s or infant’s versions if applicable.
Food supplies including chicken soup
Multivitamins and vitamin C tablets
Avocados, bananas and apples
“Fresh ginger, lemons, dill, fresh or dried oregano.”
(Those last items are supposed to have antiviral properties, according to a doctor Potkewitz interviewed. Plus they’d taste pretty good in the chicken soup.)
Podcast: Good idea? Bad idea? Reply to this email and let me know what you think.
10 other things worth your time
The podcast transcript took a while and cost a couple bucks, so I’m putting it first. (Understandably)
Bill Gates told The Daily Show that his foundation is spending billions to build five factories that won’t produce anything. The rationale is that there are seven promising potential Covid-10 vaccines, and they want to get started on all seven facilities, while knowing they’ll eventually focus on only the top two that emerge. (Business Insider)
President Trump says the government now suggests you wear a mask, but he probably won’t. (Reuters)
Here are four do-it-yourself masks, including one that doesn’t require any sewing. (Fast Company)
Virus-stricken aircraft carrier erupts in applause and cheers as ousted Navy captain departs. (The Washington Post, $)
How the generals in charge of U.S. troops in South Korea and Italy took fast, extreme action to effectively stem the spread of Covid-19 among military members. (Yahoo News)
The late Kobe Bryant will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame later this year, along with Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan. (Bleacher Report)
My colleagues at Inc.com have been doing a great job keeping up with the rollout of the CARES Act, including how small businesses can qualify for a loan that can actually convert to a grant later this summer. In other words: much-needed money. Here’s a great place to start, with a 60-minute town hall they did yesterday, but there other resources, too. (Inc.)
President Trump released a letter late Friday night saying he plans to fire the inspector general who reported the whistleblower complaint and sparked impeachment. (Politico)
The U.S. government will cover uninsured patients’ costs for Covid-19 treatment, according to the secretary of health and human services. (Axios)
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