Our COVID-19 Update is here temporarily only to help you to make your OWN decision about distancing, protecting yourself & traveling - especially to Tombstone. We're providing you with helpful information. Covid-19 updating is something on everyone's mind right now.
Some wonder what's happening in Tombstone, Cochise County and Arizona. We'll give you info on that, and some possibilities related to that. Any New Governor Exec Orders?
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 through their breath. That's why distancing is effective. That's why Wearing A Mask Is Effective. As much as it's painful for families financially, and for towns like Tombstone. But in the end protecting your health and your family and others is the most important action. And to get this under control - even gone, so life could finally get back to normal. Here is helpful information to make your own judgment on how to handle this situation.
Ourselves, having worked in the Medical Field, as licensed professionals (Respiratory Care Practitioners - Respiratory Therapists - who manage those ventilators/life support machines) before retiring - we know what we've chosen to do. We have researched this pandemic information with a view to sticking with the science, and presenting it objectively. Of course, you'll make your own decision.
But it is troubling that almost everyone interviewed for a recent Cochise County newspaper felt wearing a mask was a "personal choice" because they have Libertarian-like ideas. And refused wearing one. That's unfortunate, as it shows a lack of understanding of how respiratory virus spreads. I have Personal Experience with that. But here's how this even more troubling virus spreads:
We update this page regularly trying to keep up with it all. If you have any particular questions, concerns or don't understand something, please reach out to us. We'll try to help. Please Contact Us to inform us, and we'll see what we can do.
Cochise County were steadily climbing, and Tombstone has some Cases of COVID-19. The curve is leveling a bit. Some local bars were shut down because Guideline recommendations were not being followed. Recently they are now opening again. Hopefully they'll be following appropriate guidelines as detailed below.
For Events Rescheduling (continuously being rechecked & reworked) - Plus any updates on Events you can check either of two areas:
BE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR OWN HAND SANITIZER!
The Rest Rooms in Town Are Not Necessarily Kept Clean, as the Town Has Been Stating.
The Governor noted in updating his Executive Orders the following:
ON JULY 23, 2020 an executive order was issued, EO-2020-52, continuing his previous order, following case curve trends (Click on the current statistics for Arizona, then you can view the curve and See The Details>).
It acknowledges that the prior order(s) not affected by subsequent changes are still in effect. That includes requirements he issued for businesses with the last order: for Bar/Restaurants> that are still applicable coordinating with the following order.
Here is where you can access the Governor's Executive Orders> which you can follow to see if/ when/ how extended.
We're not telling you what to do. However we do advise Socially Distancing. We hope you're wearing a mask when out in public. We believe you should avoid crowds & gathering in large groups.
We are personally mostly staying home for now. Sure, we'll make some occasional short trips to avoid cabin fever. We do love to travel. But we'll stay in cabins, or motels where they consider the virus for guest check-in. Where you can pull up to the door & enter. We'll get outside & walk some wilderness area trails. Go to lake-side areas.
If you read on, you'll see why we're doing that.
Why is it that for years & years, hospital & medical personnel have worn masks during procedures. And that's not only N-95 masks, but also surgical masks.
Surgical masks are the same type of masks that people are now purchasing for this pandemic. Why would health care workers have done that, if they didn't work? If they didn't have some effect? If they were useless? They're not useless. They need to be worn for specific reasons, in specific circumstances.
Studies show they provide protection. Now a recent study has tested 3 different two-layer cotton, pleated-style masks. Finding out which ones is important for making on decision on what to buy. To analyze it, researchers set up a box, a laser, a lens & a cellphone camera to test the masks. They found, in order of best to not as good: 1) Fitted N95 (you don't want an exhalation valve), 2) three-layer surgical mask, 3) Cotton-polypropylene-cotton mask, 4) two-layer polypropylene mask, 5) two-layer cotton, pleated style mask. See The Study>
Very Important - Least Effective - or even detrimental were: Gaiter-type neck fleece, Double-layer bandana & Knitted mask. Neck fleeces actually broke droplets into smaller droplets - which allow them to escape the material, spew out & stay in the air longer. If the droplet hold virus, then that increases possible contagion spread. [Source: Duke University]
And remember, they need to be worn properly - over the mouth & nose - the orifices through which you breathe! There is also a wire through the top section which needs to be crimped along the bridge of the nose, to ensure a more tight fit.
They should be removed properly, without touching your face. Ideally only worn once (disposable types - we still know of PPE in short supply! So it's inevitable that people have to wear them multiple times), and then wash your hands. It's even better to wear a face shield or glasses with the mask (that doesn't replace a mask). But if you're not in close contact with others for a length of time, that's not as worrisome.
Our careers were as Respiratory Therapists - Licensed Health Care Practitioners - and we've observed over the years how disease can spread, and its aftermath. While working, we've seen some weird ailments that were never able to be diagnosed!
I taught microbiology for about ten years. I studied this subject. I 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 1 person spreading it to 1 other. They're finding one COVID-19 infected person (before getting sick) is exposing about 2 or 3 others. So that spread is more like 1 to 3 to 9 to 27 to 81 to 243 to 729, etc. (Lately it seems it's sometimes even spreading from 1 up to 4 or 6 or more!)
Now, we're not Libertarians, though we agree with some of those principles. But consider these points quoted from someone who was a physician, and left that field to become an entrepreneur. He holds Libertarian principles:
But lets... focus on libertarianism and fundamental freedoms. The basic tenet of libertarianism is... "I am free to do what I want to do, as long as I don't impinge on the next person's right to do the same." The 2nd part is important, otherwise you have anarchy. So...
Wearing a mask during a pandemic is all about exercising one's freedom "responsibly." The science on this is clear. Wear a mask to cut down the rate of viral spread. It's also simple common sense. THIS VIRUS KILLS. So if you cut down the rate of spread, you'll cut down deaths.... ICUs will not be overwhelmed.
BOTTOM LINE? NOT wearing a mask is indeed exercising some sort of freedom. But you do so IRresponsibly. It's up to us to self-manage and work TOGETHER. Surely we can start to benefit from what we've learned and finally get it right? If we do we can wrestle the virus under control within a month. If not, the deaths will soar. The economy will absolutely tank, far beyond what we imagine. The old will be dead. The young will be poor, millions desperately so. Wear a mask - for ALL our sakes.
- quoted from Ken Evoy of SBI
Wearing gloves is helpful in some circumstances, when done the proper way. The virus will not soak into your body through your skin. It isn't a contact virus in that manner. It's just important to not allow it to migrate to an area where it can get into your respiratory system. Watch this film from a nurse on effective glove wearing:
So you can see the importance of washing your hands. It's the most important! 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 (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 effective in stopping the spread of this virus. And the earlier the better. 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. When it's delayed, then the virus has more & more time to spread, especially in that stealth manner. You don't know who is infected, who is infecting you. But when it isn't possible - what's essential is to wear a mask. When out in public wear a mask.
The truth is we're seeing people who've insisted on not wearing masks - and now it's too late for them. They've already contracted COVID-19. Some are now sick. Others are just outed. Some have passed away! The sad thing is - they've infected others, too! Innocent people. Their victims.
COVID-19 spreads mostly by drops in the air and somewhat by contact on surfaces. Which is why masks especially are so important. And health care workers absolutely need them, as well as all the other PPE for their essential work - since they're constantly exposed.
According to the National Institute for Health Studies, COVID-19 virus can live up to 3 hours in air droplets:
Another contributing and frustrating fact is lack of PPE - Personal Protective Equipment. Still a continuing problem in many areas!
Remember that if you think you may have COVID-19 - consult & stay in touch with your doctor by phone first, then only go into the hospital when/if they advise it's needed to do so. You'll just stay home in isolation because there isn't anything special the hospital can do for people with COVID-19. "Treatments" for it are supportive for your symptoms. Only if you become very serious, which your doctor will monitor while you're at home, will you need to go into the hospital. You're better off at home, really!
Don't take it upon yourself to search the internet for unproven "treatments." Not a good idea, and most likely dangerous. There is undocumented information spreading the internet. If it's true - then validate and prove your sources! If you're looking at it - then look for documentation! Don't believe just anything you're reading on the internet. Use critical thinking - authentically research it.
There's a lot of misinformation circulating around, even daily. See W-H-O Myth-Busting>
If you need to go out in public, of course it's wise to keep a minimum 6 foot distance from others. Add a Face-mask around your nose & mouth - surgical-type face masks that are available to the public. Keep reusable ones clean & dry. Disposable ones can be reused if kept in a plastic bag & worn for a very short time. Otherwise, dispose of it & wear a new one the next outing.
How tragic that by mid-May 2020 the U.S. death total from COVID-19 was 87,993. It's still rising. In a little more than four months more people died than just over 11 years in the Vietnam War: those 58,177 who paid that price [ref: US Military Operations: Casualty Breakdown. Retrieved from globalsecurity.org/military/ops/casualties.htm]. My youth was during that horrific war era, and I remember watching those deaths on the news every evening. So these mounting numbers of COVID deaths are quite vivid in comparison. Two horrible tragedies.
Our concern is that people stay safe, keep their families safe, and not spread the virus so that it will be over sooner - rather than continue over a longer and longer time. We'd like to be able to go out and socialize again. But doing so too soon will not help.
Consider this: Someone gives you a bag of 100 M&Ms and tells you 18 of them have something in them that kills you. And there's some pieces split in half, and one of those halves can kill you. Will you chance eating any of those M&Ms?
That's the chance you take when you don't follow Social Distancing & wearing a mask in public places - taking and eating one of those M&Ms. Would you do it??
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.