Well, it’s pretty much official here in the US: Wear a mask when venturing out near other people. (Better yet, stay home and have your groceries, drugstore items and booze delivered.)
It’s all very surreal, so I prefer to think of this as an everyday masked ball. Perhaps powdered wigs will be next, to protect our hair from this nasty virus… anyone else feeling all Marie Antoinette/Louis XVI?
Should you be inclined, here’s a link on how to make your own mask at home. Feel free to decorate it with cheery personal elements. Since no one will get close enough to view your handiwork, it won’t matter if it’s a little wonky or your stitches are uneven.
Be safe and enjoy another shelter-in-place weekend. xx Alisa
French authorities have warned the public to avoid widely used over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs that may worsen the coronavirus.
The country’s health minister, Olivier Véran, who is a doctor and neurologist, tweeted on Saturday: “The taking of anti-inflammatories [ibuprofen, cortisone … ] could be a factor in aggravating the infection. In case of fever, take paracetamol.
If you are already taking anti-inflammatory drugs, ask your doctor’s advice.”
Anti-inflammatory drugs are a known risk for those with infectious illnesses because they tend to diminish the body’s immune system response.
The health ministry added that patients should choose paracetamol – which is known in the US by the generic name acetaminophen and commonly by the brand name Tylenol – because “it will reduce the fever without counterattacking the inflammation”.
Rather than elbow-bumping, which still puts you in closer contact than the recommended 6′ distance from another person, some folks now greet each other with the namaste bow: hands together and a slight dip forward.