TAYLOR COUNTY—With all the hype surrounding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19, many people have forgot that the nation is still in the middle of cold and flu season. In fact, many residents are in need of supplies to help ease them through this time of year.
Seeing a need within the community, AmeriCorps Vista Jared McMillen decided to set out on the quest of obtaining supplies and information that would then be distributed to those in need in the community, to help combat both the cold and flu.
“With Coronavirus scare, many people have been forgetting that it is also still cold and flu season, so I wanted to set up this community service project as a little reminder to help keep yourself healthy this time of year,” McMillen commented.
He said that as an AmeriCorps Vista, his job is centered on gathering volunteers and donations that will help society, and it is because his role is an important piece of the puzzle, he began the mission.
McMillen, who is a part of the Taylor County Family Resources group, will be accepting donations of fillable travel size bottles, travel sized hand soap and sanitizer, as well as travel size tissues.
The collected items will then be distributed to members of the community who need them, in an effort to help keep everyone a little healthier this cold and flu season.
Those wishing to help with the project may drop off donated items at Taylor County Family Resources, located at 105 Beech Street, Grafton, between the Salvation Army and WIC office, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
“This is an ongoing collection, so residents can feel free to donate at their leisure, as there is no end date,” said McMillen.
In addition, McMillen would like to remind residents that there are a few simple steps to help protect them from various forms of illness.
He, like the CDC and other health organizations, is encouraging individuals to wash their hands often, using soap and warm water. Hands should be scrubbed for at least 20 seconds, making sure to clean well in between fingers, as well as under and around fingernails.
Twenty seconds might not seem like a good deal of time, and many folks might miscalculate, so they are encouraged to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice while lathering up.
Journalist Jen Monnier and the Los Angeles Times have also added to that list, the chourses of “Raspberry Beret” by Prince; “Jolene” by Dolly Parton; “Truth Hurts” by Lizzo; “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac; and “Heaven Is A Place on Earth” by Belinda Carlisle.
However, a Mountaineer fans were happy to learn that a round of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” will do the trick, as well.
Another reminder that McMillen voiced was to cover your cough or sneeze. While any covering will help, it is recommended to cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow, to reduce the spread of germs.
Individuals are also encouraged to avoid close contact with others during cold and flu season, when possible. It is especially for those who have compromised immune systems to forgo activities that draw a crowd during this time of year.
Residents can also help lessen the spread of germs by avoiding contact with their face, particularly their eyes and nose, as that’s a direct access point for germs.
Lastly, McMillen suggests that individuals sanitize objects that are used often, including their computer accessories like keyboards and mice, phones, doorknobs and any other items they may touch.
By following these simple steps, the spread of cold and flu causing germs can be cut down. For more useful tips on how to stay healthier this cold and flu season, log on to www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/actions-prevent-flu.htm and www.cdc.gov/features/rhinoviruses/index.html.