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When Chicken Soup is Not Enough

When Chicken Soup is Not Enough

After cutting up a chicken for a recipe, I often make chicken stock out of what remains. Today was no exception. Strained through cheesecloth, the final concoction was nice and clear. It made me feel good to know I could use the chicken again for soup with a bit of meat still left on the bones. I’ll offer it to the boys for lunch tomorrow.

It’s Week 2 of homeschooling for them, and Week 1 of telecommuting for me. Like many of you, we are socially isolating ourselves until it is safe to be around our loved ones and friends again following the COVID-19 outbreak. As a member of the health-care profession, albeit in a non-clinical role, I am begging you to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines:

 Keep the elderly and those with serious health issues protected and check on them often.
 Wash your hands well and often using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When using hand sanitizer, make sure it has at least 60% alcohol and rub your hands together until they feel dry.
 Keep your hands away from your face, mouth, nose and eyes.
 Stay away from groups of 10 or more people and maintaining at least a six-foot distance from another person. This is vitally important to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
 Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Please call your primary care provider before you go to any health-care facility with symptoms.
 Disinfect items you touch on a regular basis – doorknobs, computers, phones, light switches, doorknobs, etc. – every day
 Spread the facts, not fear. For more information about the COVID-19 virus, please contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at

Anxiety runs high in our world tonight. The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented. Not since the Spanish Flu has the United States faced such a formidable, widespread enemy on American soil. My husband showed me a Facebook post in which people in a retirement home held signs offering the younger generations advice on fighting COVID-19. Their generations fought in foreign lands against an adversary that could be seen and heard. Now, it is our turn to be brave and fight the battle, in large part, to keep them and others safe. All we have to do is stay home and sit on the couch. Their advice? “Stay calm. This, too, shall pass.”

Take care.


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