Pandemic Tips #3
More tips for dealing with the Pandemic. Awareness, news, contacts, scams, auto maintenance, medical and legal power of attorney and wills.
Clean your soles or leave your shoes at the door
No one knows exactly how virulent Covid-19 is. Given that, it is a good idea to assume that the soles of your shoes could be contaminated when you walk through public places including sidewalks and stores.
The best idea would be to have one pair of shoes for going out. When you come home, leave them at the door.
Keep an eye on the news
For some people, there is a temptation to turn the news off. You should be checking regularly for information about closures, quarantines, relief efforts and more.
Get alternate contacts for friends and family
It might be a good idea to get alternate contacts in case you can’t get in touch with friends or family members. It could be that you can’t reach them due to something as simple as a power failure.
Beware of scams
The dirtballs are starting to come out of the woodwork. Be aware that you could be targeted by scammers through the phone, emails or texts.
Start your car periodically
If you have a marginal battery you could find that you can’t start your vehicle when you need it most. Try to run your car for five minutes at least once a week. Watch your gas levels. Also, it goes without saying that you should NEVER run a car in an enclosed space.
Think ahead for purchases
For the time being, we don’t have instant access to goods and services. Depending on your location, you may find that stores are closed. Amazon is prioritizing it’s shipping.
Suppose you find that your printer is running out of toner or ink and you need to print documents. You might be able to get it next day or it may take a couple of weeks.
Try to think ahead and locate necessary items well in advance of actually needing them.
Power of attorney and wills
This might sound a bit morbid but it is worth considering. Many people don’t have a will set up or have one that is horribly outdated.
A lot depends on your state. Some states require certain documents to be notarized. In Pennsylvania, legal services are considered ‘non essential’ during the Covid-19 pandemic. You should consider having a medical power of attorney and medical directive set up. Social distancing and lockdowns will make getting witnesses a little tricky. The same applies to wills.
If you can get in touch with your attorney, perhaps they can draft the documents or advise you as to how to have them properly witnessed. If not, you could try doing your own through something such as Quicken Willmaker
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