Phoenix locksmith – COVID-19
Johnny Locksmith takes the health and safety of our employees, customers, vendors, and communities seriously. We are following the situation regarding the corona virus in the cities we serve, and are doing our best to support and protect our customers and our workforce. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you are in need of service, whether residential emergency locksmith, commercial locksmithing services, or automotive. We realize these are stressful times, and we have technicians available to serve you.
COVID-19 is having a great impact on our daily lives. New information is being discovered all the time while physicians and researchers deal with the astounding number of cases across America and the rest of the world. Sadly, the number of cases is still rising, and the number of states, counties, and cities calling for ‘stay-at-home’ orders is also increasing. Schools are closing, and people are being furloughed or asked when possible to work from home. Social distancing is more important than ever to minimize the spread of this virus.
Keep in mind, The virus doesn’t move, people move it. If we stop moving, the virus stops moving.
There is a lot of information on COVID-19 from the Arizona Department of Health Services. there which will address questions you may ha
ve about the disease and its impact in our state.
For a worldwide information source, John Hopkins University & Medicine contains a wealth of information, and is updated frequently.
Some suggestions to reduce the chances of being exposed to the virus (and unknowingly infecting others) include the following:
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Use warm water and soap, covering all surfaces for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face. Mucous membranes include your eyes, nose and mouth and they are the quickest way a virus or bacteria can enter your system. If you absolutely must touch your face, do so with a clean tissue, napkin, or cloth. This is a tough one. Most of us don’t realize just how often we rub our eyes, nose, or mouth.
- If you sneeze or cough, do not cover your mouth with your hand, use your sleeve instead. Even better, a disposable tissue or paper towel.
- Avoid handling cash. Money travels from place to place, and hand to hand. It is an incredible source for germs. If you do, cle
an your hands afterward.
- Avoid contact with unfamiliar surfaces. The easiest way to do this when you are out and about is to wear disposable gloves. Another option is to keep paper towels handy and use them to open doors, or handle items at stores. Paying with a debit or credit card means touching the pin pad, so use a barrier. You can use your key or other object to push any needed buttons on the machine and thus avoid contact with it.
- Avoid takeout, delivery, or drive thru’s. While they seem safe, unless you know for certain that those handling the food, equipment, registers, are also practicing caution, it’s a risk. Is the risk to yourself and those you love worth it? Err on the side of caution, better safe than sorry.
- If you suffer from autoimmune disease, diabetes, respiratory, or heart conditions, please stay at home. If someone you love suffers from any of those, please be extra careful to not unknowingly expose them if you yourself have been out in public.
These are truly troubling and frightening times. Please practice caution and follow the advice of the doctors and nurses who have been on the front lines caring for those who have been infected. One can have this virus and feel perfectly fine and be sharing it with all they contact before the first symptoms show up. This is how it has managed to spread so quickly and widely. Just because you ‘feel just fine’ doesn’t mean you are. It might have just not shown up yet.
Many other states have already issued executive orders to stay-at-home, and Gov. Ducey has issued one for the entire state of Arizona beginning Tuesday March 31 at 5 p.m. Below is a link to this order. In it you will find details on essential activities and businesses.
Before you panic, please realize that mail will continue to run, groceries and pharmacies and other essential services will still be open. Amazon will continue to deliver, and many stores are offering ways to order products online and pick them up without having to go in and risk exposure to crowds. In many areas, stores are reducing hours of operation, and even designating certain hours for senior citizens or those in a hi
gh risk category to shop with minimal exposure to others. Please respect those policies. People are worried, scared, and many realize the benefit of being “too cautious” rather than “not cautious enough”. States such as New York, where the virus has hit especially hard, have a lot of experience for us to learn from.
Contact your utility companies if you have financial concerns due to being unable to travel to work. While many essential services will still be available, many other businesses may have reduced hours or close altogether. Let your utility company know you may need help making ends meet and they may work with you so that your service isn’t interrupted. Many, if not all, phone and utility (including power, water, gas, and cable) companies are suspending disconnects and waiving late fees. It is good to see companies stepping up to the plate during these times.