Phillips and Blow PC - April 2020

the Phillips and Blow Monthly Bulletin

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04 .2020

In the Face of COVID-19, Are You Prepared? Readying for the Unthinkable

At the time when this article is being written, the CDC has identified over 100,000 cases of COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus, in the United States. There have been 100 deaths reported in Washington. Across the globe, more than 60 countries have reported cases of the coronavirus within their borders, and thousands have died worldwide. The virus spread from the Wuhan province of China early at the beginning of this year, and as of yet, no one has developed a vaccine. While the future regarding the coronavirus appears uncertain, the last thing we want to do is make you afraid. So far, there have been 200 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Colorado (though that could change by the time we send this newsletter to you). Nevertheless, we want the people in our community to be prepared if the coronavirus makes its way to the Denver area. According to the CDC, there are plenty of ways for us to protect our homes and workplaces from sickness. When it comes to fighting off the latest virus, the best defense is to never put yourself in a position to get sick in the first place. If you spend most of the day at your house, here are a few ways you can make sure it’s not a place where a disease could take root. If the coronavirus ever reaches where we live, it’s best to have a plan. Communicate with your family and neighbors about strategies for keeping those you care about healthy. If you’re a caretaker for an elderly loved one or you have others in your household who are at a higher risk for contracting illnesses, ask your health care provider for information about

how to proceed. It’s also helpful to find the aid organizations nearest to you. If you have questions or concerns or you need supplies of some sort, they’ll be able to help. When possible, avoid close contact with people who are sick, and cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue. Make sure to clean dirty surfaces in your home regularly, and while it may seem intuitive, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. In your workspace, actively encourage employees and coworkers to stay at home if they’re experiencing symptoms, such as coughing or shortness of breath. If you have a fever of 100.4 degrees F or higher, don’t go into

work. If you’re an employer and one of your employees begins showing symptoms, send them home immediately. Put up posters around your office space promoting proper hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette, and stock up on hand sanitizer for everyone. Finally, keep your workspace sanitized as well. With a few simple practices, we can make sure the coronavirus never gains a foothold in our neighborhoods. Even if we don’t know exactly what to expect, we can always prepare for the unexpected. The same goes for creating and updating your estate plan. In the midst of a lot of uncertainty, you can still make sure your family will be okay if the unthinkable should happen to you. We can even help you plan your estate plan over video if you can’t leave your lodging for some reason. If you’re sensing that it’s time to update your estate plan, give Phillips & Blow a call at 303-741-2400 for a free consultation.

“EVEN IF WE DON’T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO EXPECT, WE CAN ALWAYS PREPARE FOR THE UNEXPECTED. THE SAME GOES FOR CREATING AND UPDATING YOUR ESTATE PLAN.”

– John Phillips and Justin Blow

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