Parents Guide To Combating Coronavirus

I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. Like most of you, I am just a person who has no idea if the coronavirus is a pandemic of biblical proportions, or if this is just a seasonal virus which will pass much like the avian and swine flu once did.

No, I am just a father concerned about my children and parents getting it. Like with the flu, the risk is greater for them. This means while I will presumably be alright, if I contract it, I can spread it to others. For me, that’s the real risk.

Now, there is no way to cut ourselves off from society. I need to go to work, and my children need to go to school. Honestly, even with the risk of disease, there are things we just have to do as a family. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t take preventative measures. The CDC has already outlined them:

  • Advoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

The general rule I’m using for my family is everywhere you go the first thing you do is wash your hands. I also keep baby wipes on hand to wipe down hands and faces. That is necessary when you are opening doors and touching things others who might be infected could’ve touched.

Keep in mind while you may need to live your life, you can make smarter choices. For example, you can go to the grocery store either early in the morning or very late in the day, i.e. at times when there aren’t many people. Also, you can order things on Amazon and have them delivered. On that note, Amazon does have many things cheaper than you can get them in stores.

The other thing we’ve done is stop eating out. You don’t and can’t know if the people handling your food have been infected. While that is a general rule of thumb, there is no vaccine for the coronavirus like there is for the flu.

Beyond that, we haven’t found much more we can do. Our children are already taking their vitamins, drinking their milk, and they had already been taking elderberry. Basically, they are doing all the things we can do to keep them happy and healthy.

At the moment, we are doing our normal activities with the children albeit on a more limited basis. For example, we are not doing story times at the library or Barnes & Noble. Instead, we read at home. We also aren’t going to the movies, nor are we going to attend any sporting events. Sadly, right now, that means no Opening Day or NCAA Tournament.

Mostly, we pray. We pray for health and guidance. Of course, right now, we pray while avoiding Church, which I hope is understandable even in this Lenten season.

When and if there are cases near us, we will reassess what we do. For right now, we are living our lives, but we are being smart about it. From our perspective, that seems to be what makes the most sense. If we had an infant, it’s very likely we would be even more restrictive in what we do. The same if our parents lived with us.

Overall, the best piece of advice to give anyone is to listen to the CDC, your doctors, and other medical professionals. Seriously, while I hope this was all helpful, you should disregard much of this advice because ultimately it’s uneducated advice.

In the end, the biggest takeaway is follow what the CDC and other medical professionals tell you and to stop seeking advice from people like me. In the end, all I can do is tell you what I am or am not doing. Like others, I cannot guarantee my advice is effective. Rather, it is just what we are doing. Hopefully, you find something which helps you and your family stay safe and healthy.

33 thoughts on “Parents Guide To Combating Coronavirus”

  1. Oldbackstop says:

    So….don’t take baseball cards and signed baseballs from players, even if it “is good for MLB”?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Your inability to comprehend anything is exhausting

  2. no says:

    You can’t buy hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes anywhere. What do we do?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      They have them at Shop Rite, and they are limiting it to four per person to ensure everyone who needs to purchase them can get them.

  3. Oldbackstop says:

    You do now realize that the virus can survive for up to nine days on surfaces, and articles signed and therefore handled by major league players would be the most idiotic thing you could think of to give your child?

    MLB athletes travel and are in intimate contact in locker rooms, etc, with an incredible amount of people, about the most dangerous job you could think of outside healthcare and transportation. Also, being in peak condition, they are the exact profile of someone who could have the virus and never know it.

    And you wanted multiple players signing and handling an item and handing it to young fans?
    “Maybe it is a box of pre-signed baseballs given to young fans as they enter the game. It could just be random giving kids a chance to grab a Pete Alonso or Paul Sewald. Perhaps, they could do themed days.
    One week could be rotation week with a ball signed by Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, Steven Matz, and Rick Porcello. Another week could be the outfield with autographs from Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, and whoever else lands in the outfield. With the 20th anniversary of the 2000 pennant, there could be a ball signed by players from that team including Edgardo Alfonzo, Mike Hampton, Al Leiter, and Mike Piazza.”

    That is maybe the stupidest thing you have…..oh forget it, I wind up saying that every week.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Yes, every week you troll and show a complete inability to comprehend things.

      For example, you’re taking the insanely stupid position here that saying MLB teams should have fan friendly promotions is actively encouraging the spread of the coronavirus.

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        Yes, if it entails players handling items that are then distributed, it is incredibly dangerous.

        Only a jock sniffing fanboy could miss the fact that maybe, just maybe, the athletes could be infecting the fans.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Somehow, you want people to believe the only unsafe promotional items are those signed by players, yet things like bobble heads are completely safe.

          Even better, your concern isn’t over going to a ballpark, it’s over a promotional item.

          If you’re not trolling here, you’re even dumber than you let on

          1. Oldbackstop says:

            If Bobble heads are handled and or signed by multiple Mets or Mets employees, OF COURSE they shouldn’t be distributing

            Say the the Mets most popular and best player, JD Davis, contracts coronavirus. How Gee, he is showering and riding on a bus and using water fountains and away locker rooms used by hundreds of spring training players. Every surface could have the virus on it.

            Athletes are the most likely to show no symptoms, being young adults in peak condition. You can “shed” contagion without coughing or sneezing or kissing or anything. That is why everybody is scrubbing surfaces.

            Say he signs 500 balls, as you want. Maybe most don’t contract it….say one percent. That 5 people…utterly irresponsible, probably actionable besides a PR disaster. Say it is 20 percent, 100 people. Odds are you have a death there. With the pyramid of contact you could have dozens before opening day.

            Again, your ignorance of basic life facts are just stunning. This is a PANDEMIC.

          2. metsdaddy says:

            Well, I guess this is the apocalypse because according to what you’re saying there will never be a time where there is no threat of infection.

            If that’s the case, we all might as well get the enjoyment from an autographed baseball before we all die.

  4. Pops says:

    I get you wanting to protect yourself and your family, but you, along with MILLIONS of other people, are COMPLETELY overreacting to this virus. The actions you are taking are EXACTLY the ones that the fine folks who are fanning the flames of this hoax pandemic hope you will.
    It’s in the manifesto…….look it up.
    One good way to destroy confidence in an economy is to keep people from normal interaction.
    Impeachment didn’t work, so they’re now trying to kill the economy to destroy the will of the voting electorate to re-elect our President. It won’t work though……. They can’t sustain this hysteria for more than 3-4 months before the wheels fall off……

    1. metsdaddy says:

      When you have children and elderly parents, it’s better safe than sorry.

    2. Oldbackstop says:

      Pops, I am a Republican and I think the MSM are politicizing this….when they aren’t attacking Trump for….oh…not having open borders

      But whatever. That aside, beyond being a Republican, I have also worked in healthcare. This is a PANDEMIC…even Fox is recognizing that, as well as major corporations who sure as hell don’t want to lower profit guidance, but they all are.

      If the annual flu did not have vaccine and targeted palliative meds like Tamiflu, etc, it would kill maybe a million Americans a year. As it is, in a bad year it kills maybe 45,000.

      Corona is much more deadly ( allegedly) and much more contagious (for sure).

      I’d love to say this is a plot by the Dems against Trump. It is not. It is here and popping up in healthcare facilities, airlines, etc. It is going to kill a very large amount of Americans. That is not Trumps fault at all….if anything it is an opportunity to show leadership, much of which is controlling panic

      Now imagine this was Biden, who would probably think it was coronafruit and ban tangerines. Then take a nap and poop his pants. He has lost it man…did you see him tearing into an autoworker with profanity when asked about guns this AM.

      “Cut the crap, man! You are full of shtt! Ar-14 (no such thing) are illegal !!(AR-15s are certainly not, I have two, one I bought six months ago in NJ, if you can get it there you can get it anywhere.)

      Anyway, bottomline, coronavirus is here, there will be many deaths, and no company should he handing out frivolous promotion items.

      1. metsdaddy says:

        If we get 30,000+ in a ballpark, everyone will be fine so long as there are no promotions handed out?

        Be better than this.

        1. Oldbackstop says:

          I will be very surprised if MLB games aren’t played in empty stadiums to start the season.

          Joel Sherman in the NY Post yesterday:

          “For now, MLB is planning to play the rest of spring training, begin the regular season on time on March 26 and continue to have fans at the games. But privately, some executives are worried the spread of the virus will not abate and — to that end — the league and clubs are pondering contingencies, just in case.
          *Thus, games could still be canceled, moved or played in empty stadiums.* On the conference call, MLB officials conceded they will have to stay vigilant in monitoring the situation and stay in regular contact with local and national government and health officials to make determinations.

          1. metsdaddy says:

            I think MLB will push to move the season back before playing in empty stadiums.

          2. oldbackstop says:

            If they fear for the players, yes. If they don’t, the TV revenue is vastly more important than seats, and either way they would be refunding season ticket holders, because you aren’t going to lose April and fit in 162 games.

            I think they will be very loath to lose 162 games for the history/statistical impact. 1994 sits there like a fart in church. 1994-95 sit in the statistical record like a fart in church.

            There is some number, if they take out off days and schedule DHers, that they could start late and keep a full schedule. I have no idea what it is…two weeks?

            You seem to be getting the gist here, at least. Look at the extreme measures. Austin has cancelled South by Southwest, their enormous country music festival worth tens of millions to the city businesses. Why? Pressure from citizens who don’t want the influx of people bringing coronavirus with them. San Jose have banned gatherings of more than 1000. San Jose’s Sharks are not getting an exemption for their games.

            Cities will tumble after them as soon as a few cases come in.

            Don’t be giving out promotional items with surfaces that may carry virus. Concession memorabilia should be restricted to plastic wrapped gear that has been in the plastic for more than two weeks….preferably a month.

          3. metsdaddy says:

            If there are games with fans, promotion items are not going to be what caused the spread of disease. It’s going to be sick fans spreading it to other people.

          4. Oldbackstop says:

            You have no idea what can spread the virus and saying it would not be handled and signed promotional items borders on criminally irresponsible.

          5. metsdaddy says:

            I didn’t say that at all.

  5. oldbackstop says:

    Stories I’m seeing now are predicting that MLB crowds will be decimated anyway by the fans fear.

    Think of the TV and radio ratings tho!

  6. James leflour says:

    Dude!!! You are KILLING your own site with this RIDICULOUS article!! Stick to Baseball and Met trashing as you do so well!! You’re a freakin joke

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Actually, I’m getting a ton of positive feedback. Mostly, it’s because it was a responsible article which is within the constraints of what this site is.

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        This was a desperate attempt to recover from the embarrassing article two down advising the Mets to infect their fans.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          And you’re back to trolling and completely misrepresenting what that article was

          1. Oldbackstop says:

            Did you say the Mets player should sign (handle) items and hand them out to young fans?

            You literally, medically, might as well hand them the Mets used Kleenex. If you are a carrier and someone touches something you touch they can contract the coronavirus.

            This isn’t complex. It is just your zero self esteem being literally unable to admit mistakes.

          2. metsdaddy says:

            Yes, if the Mets have games, they should have promotions for the benefit of young fans.

            That’s not the same thing as saying the Mets should have games and spread infection.

            And again I’ll note, you’re spreading infection by having games, not because of a promotion.

            In fact, is an incredibly stupid to suggest by not having promotions there would be no spread of disease otherwise. Of course you are saying that, not I.

          3. Oldbackstop says:

            Your Great Infection Giveaway started with a spring training scenario, not games.

          4. metsdaddy says:

            Keep lying about what I said

          5. Oldbackstop says:


            Here is what you said “Perhaps, the Mets could also give away some player signed items to young fans at games.”

            “Here, Johnny here is a ball smeared with Corona by six players, two bat boys and a guy from PR…”

          6. metsdaddy says:

            You are either a very stupid or very dishonest person. Perhaps both.

            Seriously, anyone with even a poorly functioning brain could tell this was a plan for when it was safe to have games.

            Seriously, I encourage you to go out and get a clue.

          7. Oldbackstop says:

            Now you are deleting posts left and right?

            And………your story is your plan for distributing gear when it was too dangerous to have regular autographing only applied to when it is okay to have regular autographing again?

            You are desperate and pathetic. I hope no one is taking your gibberish about coronavirus seriously.

          8. metsdaddy says:

            More lies from you.

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