Amid Coronavirus Scare it’s Business as Usual

Did you know that the Coronavirus is actually a group of viruses that were first discovered in the 1960s and with an ancestry dating back to 8,000 BCE.

Coronaviruses affect mammals and birds. In humans, coronaviruses cause respiratory infections that are typically mild, like the common cold.
However, rarer forms of coronaviruses can be deadly. Such as SARS, MERS, and COVID-19

Currently, in the news, you are hearing about COVID-19 which is SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome)
The danger comes from IF it turns into pneumonia. So precautions to prevent that are important.

I’m not going to tell you everything will be fine and that you won’t catch the Coronavirus.
I’m also not going to tell you that you should stop your life and hide away in a bubble.
But, some important facts need to be at the forefront of the news, and most of what I’ve seen is scare tactics and unreasonable prevention measures or, at the other end of the spectrum, people saying that Coronavirus is no more dangerous than the common cold.
It’s true that, for many people, the symptoms could be as mild as a seasonal cold. But, if the virus sets up shop in your lungs, and you discount its danger, you could have a much more difficult time with it.

The people at risk are those with compromised immune systems. (elderly, ill, recovering from surgery or illness, etc.)

  • You are going to attend events and seminars.
  • And you are going to visit with prospects and clients.
  • Keep doing it.
  • Live your life while being a little extra cautious about hygiene.

Empower Brokerage has not canceled any events or seminars as of today’s date. We are committed to agents’ safety and will take precautions to help protect you at our events. We will also openly promote good cleanliness practices. But we will not stop teaching agents how to succeed.

You’re self-employed and nobody will pay you when you stay home. You don’t have paid time off.
If you are well, we want you to continue to come to our events and learn from our experts.
If you are ill, contact us and we will help you remotely and through our online university system. Either way, we are here for you and we will continue to be a steadfast business partner to help you grow.

With that said, here are some things I’ve learned so far: (according to

  • It can live in the air for 3 hours, on copper for 4 hours, on cardboard for 24 hours and on plastic and stainless steel for 2 or 3 days.
  • It is caught either by breathing the air where an infected person coughed or sneezed or by touching a surface they touched and then your face.
  • Washing hands often and avoiding your mouth, eyes, nose, and ears is a good precaution.

Realize the things you touch that hundreds or thousands of other people also touch.

Things like:

  • Handles of any kind
  • Under tables
  • Condiment bottles
  • Chair backs
  • Light switches
  • Toilet flush handles
  • Faucet handles
  • Theater armrests
  • Buttons
  • Seats
  • Counters
  • Shelves
  • Levers
  • Cups
  • Everything at all stores that you may buy. (milk jugs, food containers, produce, cardboard, plastic, stainless steel, etc)

If someone can touch it, then it can be contaminated. So, while it’s not necessary to avoid touching it, it is necessary that you wash up afterward. We all know what to do and we’ve been taught this since we were children. But, now it the time to practice it.

If you go into the restroom, before you leave wash your hands and then use a paper towel or your shirt to open the door to leave.

So, what does all of this mean?

It means you should live your life, be happy, be careful and practice good hygiene and common sense.

If you do this, then you’ve done all you can do and it does no good to worry about things you can’t control. Except, excess worry may compromise your immune system.

Stay safe and happy.