Our COVID-19 Update is here temporarily only to help you to make your OWN decision. We're providing you with helpful information. Covid-19 updating is something on everyone's mind right now.
Some wonder about visits to Tombstone, Cochise County and Arizona. Or anywhere! We'll help you figure it out for yourself. And give you some possibilities related to that.
But in the end, you must use your own judgment.
Recently Tombstone has made more changes. Things are changing, and many more will change as time moves along.
Here is the letter from the Mayor of Tombstone Arizona:
As of mid March 2020, for eight weeks all events needing a permit were cancelled. How have they responded?
Businesses are being creative, enabling safer practices. Cooperating and helping with Social Distancing. Some have just closed altogether. The Tombstone Chamber of Commerce has gathered a list to help with figuring out who is open, who is closed, who is doing what - See That Information Here>
We'll update this page regularly to attempt to keep up with it all. If you have any particular questions, concerns or don't understand something, you can reach out to us. We'll try to help. Please Contact Us to inform us, and we'll see what we can do.
If you were planning to visit Arizona, or Tombstone (or anywhere) - you probably want information on making a decision about planning, or cancelling any trip. We cannot tell you what to do. However we do advise you to Socially Distance yourself, and stay at home.
We personally had scheduled a trip to Alaska, but early on cancelled the entire thing. We requested refunds for things we'd planned to do, and everyone was very cooperative. Our plane fare was nonrefundable. But the airline did even give us a credit voucher, which is good for a year. That's what we decided, as our careers were Respiratory Therapists - Licensed Health Care Practitioners - and we've observed over the years how disease can spread, and its repercussions. We've seen some weird ailments that were never able to be diagnosed!
I taught microbiology for about ten years. I even had students go through a scenario on how a disease such as this can spread in a multiplying way: 2 to 4 to 8 to 16 to 32 to 64 to 128, etc. That's an example of only 1 person spreading it to 1 other. They're finding one COVID-19 infected person is exposing about 2 or 3 others before they're home sick. Lately sometimes even to 3 or 4. So that spread is more like 1 to 3 to 9 to 27 to 81 to 243 to 729, etc.
One important thing you've been hearing is the importance of washing your hands. It is so true! This was something we in healthcare education (and in the work-force) always emphasized. You've heard: 20 seconds. Sing Happy Birthday, or Row Your Boat, or Mary Had a Little Lamb (whatever one you want/know) TWICE.
Want to know why a little plain ole soap & water wash is effective? Watch:
Facts are that social distancing is quite effective in stopping the spread of this virus. And it's not good when social distancing isn't uniformly followed. When one state, county, or town does the right thing for prevention - and another does not - then it can spread across those imaginary lines more easily. And the earlier the better. When it's delayed, then the virus has more & more time to spread, especially in that stealth manner.
COVID-19 spreads mostly by drops in the air and somewhat by contact on surfaces. Which is why masks and gloves are so important, especially for health care workers.
According to the National Institute for Health Studies, COVID-19 virus can live up to:
Another contributing and frustrating fact is lack of PPE - personal protective equipment. Our granddaughter works in Occupational Therapy, in an Oklahoma nursing home. They haven't had masks since this began - only recently received some gloves. Our daughter is a manager in a large city-wide health care facility in Tucson. They're just about out of gloves and masks and can't put in an order for more - it's consistently rejected.
One hospital system is handling their need for PPE by getting volunteer fabricators: Providence Health Care>
Talking with other health care workers I know across the country, I find some areas have great plans & processes in places - others seem in total confusion. For instance, various small Emergency Rooms or Physician Offices. That not only endangers patients - but also those who work there.
Our suggestion is do NOT go to an Emergency Room, unless you really are having an emergency. I see news reports show people lined up waiting to get into an ER! Really!? That just possibly exposes people to Corona Virus, when they may not even have it. Plus, if you're not seriously ill, then you should just stay home in isolation. There isn't anything the hospital can do for you. Stay in touch with your doctor by phone, only go into the hospital when they advise it is needed to do so.
If you need to go out in public, of course it's wise to keep a 6 foot distance from others, even 10 feet - so there's time to hold them up! Keeping them at a distance. It's helpful to wear a face-mask, as well. But please save the medical grade masks for those in health care. We need health workers to stay well! If you can sew, learn to construct your Own Personal Face-Mask>
Knowing the facts and how to respond with reason is important.
One unusual fact with COVID-19 is a person who's infected with the virus, but doesn't yet have symptoms, can give it to others. That's why distancing is effective. That's why it's better not to be in groups, or traveling around. As much as it's painful financially, and for towns like Tombstone. But in the end protecting health and families is the most important action.
The World Health Organization estimation of the mortality rate in early March was 3.4%. With this stat, consider this: Someone gives you a bag of 100 M&Ms and tells you three of them have something in them that could kill you. And there's a few pieces that are split in half, and one of those halves also could kill you. Will you chance eating any of those M&Ms?
That's the chance you take when you don't follow Social Distancing - taking and eating one of those M&Ms. Would you do it??
So here are some things to check, on making your own decision:
If you've made plans, and it's totally frustrating to cancel them, and have to do Social Isolation - is there something else you can do?
First of all, you want to be sure to keep your family safe. Align yourself with the CDC guidelines as a first priority. Because we'd suggest not gathering in contained places with groups of people. But what else can you do while you're waiting this thing out? Here are some suggestions*:
Try shopping for some items and it's frustrating. I know I just went online to do my online order for pick-up.
There is plenty of disinfectant soap - but you don't even need that. If you watched the film above, you can see regular soap is fine. It's the technique that's important. I looked for hand sanitizer, as when you need to be out, that's important. None available. No sanitizing wipes either.
What to do? Well I found two recipes you may find handy - here they are:
Here's a recipe that originates from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. They're at the forefront in decontamination.
Stir together with a small spoon or fork until well blended. Spoon it into a container for storage. Be sure to label it as Hand Sanitizer.
This formulation comes from the CDC. Once you make up the solution, you can place it into a spray bottle. Or cut up small sheets of material, place them into a small covered jar (such as a repurposed salsa jar), then pour just enough solution over to dampen all of them. After using them, throw them in with your "whites" laundry.
What you're disinfecting should be clean first. Be sure the surface you're disinfecting is appropriate for a bleach disinfectant. Mix together in a container and label.
But never mix this solution with any other type of household cleaner - a poisonous gas can result!
When disinfecting, protect your hands with gloves. Use enough solution to wet the surface so it's moist for several minutes. Let dry.