COVID-19: How to Do Your Part

By: Michael Fossbakk | March 25, 2020

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Michigan, it is now more important than ever to follow these best practices to do your part to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. From keeping yourself isolated and properly washing your hands to supporting local businesses and staying calm and courteous during these trying times, these guidelines are simple things you can do in your day-to-day life right now.

Practice social distancing

It’s a term that we are all too familiar with now. Social distancing is the act of staying away from other people as much as possible. The recommendation is to stay at least six feet apart from each other. This can, of course, feel isolating at times, but it is crucial in order to slow the spread of the virus.

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people wash their hands with soap for at least 20 seconds each time. This is because that is how long it takes for soap to pull apart a virus molecule, allowing water to easily wash the leftover parts of the virus down the drain. If you’re getting bored of counting to 20 or singing the birthday song twice in a row, try singing the tune of your favorite song. But, most importantly, make sure you’re scrubbing for at least 20 seconds.

Check in on friends and family

With everyone staying in their homes as much as possible, it has become more important than ever to do regular check-ins with friends, family and neighbors. There are several methods of communication at our disposal these days. Make use of group chats, instant messengers, video calls, and social media to make sure your loved ones are safe and healthy.

Support local businesses

With the stay-at-home order from the State of Michigan now in place, only essential businesses will remain open. That includes grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, banks and restaurants (carryout/delivery only). While some of these businesses, such as grocery stores, might become overcrowded and need to instill new max occupancy numbers to reduce the risk of spreading the virus, others will need your patronage now more than ever. Call your favorite restaurant and see if they are providing carryout and/or delivery services. Check to see if there are any places, such as local theaters, that are taking donations. Or check in with a local animal shelter to find out what they need.

If you have to go outside, be courteous to others

There will be times when leaving your home will be necessary. If you need to take a walk to get fresh air and stretch your legs, that is okay. Just be mindful of other people and continue practicing social distancing. If you need to get food from your local grocery store, be courteous. Some stores may have new limits on max occupancy or exclusive shopping hours for the elderly or immunocompromised. Please, honor these hours as they are meant to make things easier on the most vulnerable populations.

By remaining calm and adhering to all of these best practices, we can all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. While our showrooms are now closed per the State of Michigan’s shelter-in-place order, your Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers want you to know that if you have questions about maintenance, repairs, financing or anything else, we care and are ready to help.