The COVID-19 Pandemic
With the coronavirus outbreak, we are currently living in a climate of strange uncertainty. The negative effects of COVID-19 are so widespread, affecting healthcare workers on the frontlines, people infected with the virus and their families, and the economy due to the widespread closures that encourage social distancing. It is imperative that during these unprecedented times, we stay informed as we receive daily updates, and do our part to prevent the spread.
What can you do?
It's easy to feel helpless right now. But one consistent piece of advice the CDC and health officials maintain is to practice social distancing and to stay home. Yes, this can be tough at times, as it impacts the lifestyle we've become accustomed to, but health officials have stressed how important the simple act of "staying home" is in helping protect those who are at high risk. It has come to light that even if you don't feel sick, you may be one of the many asymptomatic carriers, which makes it even more imperative to stay home and prevent the spread to elderly or high-risk individuals. The virus spread has had a rippling effect, as our hospitals and healthcare workers are experiencing a jarring shortage of supplies such as respirators, masks, and gloves. This then puts our brave healthcare workers and their families at further risk. If they do not have the necessary supplies to protect themselves from infection, the ripple continues from them to their families, and to the people they are treating.
The term "social distancing" has swept the nation as we learn about its true meaning and this temporary way of life. At times it may be necessary to go to grocery stores or pharmacies, so it's important to know exactly what "social distancing" means. It means staying home and if you must venture out, keep a physical distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others, minimize all gatherings and avoid crowds of people, for the time being.
Another small but impactful act the CDC recommends is to ensure you are washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds throughout the day, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces daily, avoiding touching your face, covering coughs and sneezes with your elbow or tissue, and self-quarantining if you are feeling sick.
Researchers and healthcare officials are working diligently to come up with a cure and vaccine. However, to flatten the curve and lessen the spread so that our hospitals and healthcare systems are not overwhelmed, staying home and practicing social distancing is the best way to keep yourself, your loved ones, and the greater community safe.
What does this mean for small businesses?
Small businesses are perhaps the most vulnerable to the economic effects of the coronavirus because they may lack the resources, funding, and infrastructure to stay afloat. However, there are steps that small businesses can take to alleviate the burden of COVID-19.
As a small business, Amaiò recognizes the importance of the CDC's recommendations and the seriousness of the coronavirus' spread. The safety and wellbeing of our employees are of the utmost importance. Our team is currently working remotely from home and following the CDC's guidelines of staying at home except for essential activities. We have also ramped up the cleaning procedures in our office to ensure that surfaces are disinfected regularly and our inventory remains clean while packing orders. Additionally, since most of our customers are at home right now, we are making deliberate efforts to engage with everyone more through social media platforms such as Instagram. We want all of you to know we are here, we feel what you are feeling and we are all in this together.
We admit we are eternal optimists at heart. We like to think that when one door closes, a window opens. We think this window is a unique opportunity for us and other small businesses to engage with our customers via social media and other online platforms. Social media is such a powerful tool and can help us all stay connected and get through this tough time together.
We sincerely hope that our customers, their loved ones, and everyone remain safe during this time and to practice social distancing as it can save lives.