Coronavirus Health & Fitness Opinion

My Coronavirus Survival Kit

A lady clerk at the check-out line said if she gets the coronavirus and dies, it was her turn. The way she said it didn’t indicate she wasn’t taking precautions, but she has resigned herself not to worry.
There’s probably something there for those who are anxious about what’s to come in the next days and weeks as we will likely see an uptick in folks affected and the sad reality that folks are going to die here like they’re dying all across the globe.
The good news is the reported percentage of folks who survive the virus is greater than the number of people who die, if that’s any consolation.
Considering the conservative number of people who will come down with the virus is 40% of the population, a lot of folks are going to be sick for a week or two. Dry cough, fever, body aches, and a runny nose is a pretty sure sign you got it and whatever over the counter meds you’re accustomed to taking may provide some relief. Of course, you should call your doctor to get professional advice and if prescribed medicines, make sure you ask if those over the counter remedies are still safe to take.
The coronavirus takes a more serious turn if you get pneumonia type symptoms. If you have difficulty breathing, it may require a trip to the hospital. Otherwise, avoid the hospital at all costs. It’s the most unsafe place to be right now.
Coronavirus Survial Kit
Here is my collection of coronavirus combatants: Rubber gloves, cough drops, a thermometer, hand sanitizer, bar soap, liquid cough medicine, a couple boxes of tissue, disinfectant spray and disinfectant liquid cleaner. It’s not a lot, but I hope it’s enough.
In the cabinets and ‘ice-box’ are easy to prepare foods that don’t require a Rachel Ray cookbook to complete. Oh, I do have a few rolls of toilet paper, too.
Hopefully, if the virus hits me, I can survive with these supplies and sweat it out in self-quarantine doing a lot of Netflix-and-chill.

Community News Coronavirus Family Submission

Guidelines for Parents Who Are Divorced/Separated and Sharing Custody of Children During the Covid-19 Pandemic



Comply with all CDC and local and state guidelines and model good behavior for your children with intensive hand washing, wiping down surfaces and other objects that are frequently touched, and maintaining social distancing. This also means BE INFORMED. Stay in touch with the most reliable media sources and avoid the rumor mill on social media.


Be honest about the seriousness of the pandemic but maintain a calm attitude and convey to your children your belief that everything will return to normal in time. Avoid making careless comments in front of the children and exposing them to endless media coverage intended for adults. Don’t leave the news on 24/7, for instance. But, at the same time, encourage your children to ask questions and express their concerns and answer them truthfully at a level that is age-appropriate.

  1. BE COMPLIANTwith court orders and custody agreements.

As much as possible, try to avoid reinventing the wheel despite the unusual circumstances. The custody agreement or court order exists to prevent endless haggling over the details of timesharing. In some jurisdictions, there are even standing orders mandating that, if schools are closed, custody agreements should remain in force as though school were still in session.


At the same time, it would be foolish to expect that nothing will change when people are being advised not to fly and vacation attractions such as amusement parks, museums, and entertainment venues are closing all over the US and the world. In addition, some parents will have to work extra hours to help deal with the crisis and other parents may be out of work or working reduced hours for a time. Plans will inevitably have to change. Encourage closeness with the parent who is not going to see the child through shared books, movies, games and FaceTime or Skype.


Provide honest information to your co-parent about any suspected or confirmed exposure to the virus, and try to agree on what steps each of you will take to protect the child from exposure. Certainly, both parents should be informed at once if the child is exhibiting any possible symptoms of the virus.


Try to provide makeup time to the parent who missed out, if at all possible. Family law judges expect reasonable accommodations when they can be made and will take seriously concerns raised in later filings about parents who are inflexible in highly unusual circumstances.


There is no doubt that the pandemic will pose an economic hardship and lead to lost earnings for many, many parents, both those who are paying child support and those who are receiving child support. The parent who is paying should try to provide something, even if it can’t be the full amount. The parent who is receiving payments should try to be accommodating under these challenging and temporary circumstances.
Adversity can become an opportunity for parents to come together and focus on what is best for the child. For many children, the strange days of the pandemic will leave vivid memories. It’s important for every child to know and remember that both parents did everything they could to explain what was happening and to keep their child safe.
From the leaders of groups that deal with families in crisis:
Susan Myres, President of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
Dr. Matt Sullivan, President of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
Annette Burns, AAML and Former President of AFCC
Yasmine Mehmet, AAML
Kim Bonuomo, AAML
Nancy Kellman, AAML
Dr. Leslie Drozd, AFCC
Dr. Robin Deutsch, AFCC
Jill Peña, Executive Director of AAML
Peter Salem, Executive Director of AFCC
Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP |

Community News Coronavirus Submission

Customers Bank Confirms Availability of Services

WYOMISSING, PA (March 18, 2020) Customers Bank continues to closely monitor developments related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). During this time, the bank is taking action to prioritize the health and well-being of our clients and Team Members. The bank has also taken measures to ensure customers continue to receive a high-level of customer service and uninterrupted access to its financial services.
As such, Customers Bank is limiting access to drive-thru and appointment-only service at the following branches: Berkshire Mall West (Berks County), Muhlenberg (Berks County), Exeter (Berks County), Langhorne (Bucks County) and Kimberton (Chester County). All other branches will remain open and available for business as usual.
This move is being undertaken with the approval and authorization of the Pennsylvania Department of Banking & Securities, explained Timothy D. Romig, executive vice president, managing director & market president – Pennsylvania and New Jersey. “This change is being made after careful consideration of the best methods to protect our clients and Team Members,” said Romig. “We are doing everything possible to continue to provide full access to all banking services and products.”
Clients who need access to a safety deposit box, or other services that cannot be delivered via the drive-thru such as an account opening, or loan application may schedule an appointment with the branch manager to visit the bank and meet directly with a Team Member, reported Romig.
Romig reminded customers, “ATMs and online banking are a safe, secure and convenient alternative to access banking services.” If you want to review daily cash withdrawal and point-of-sale purchase limits, please click here.
Many Customers Bank products and services, including check deposits and bill pay, can be accessed via online banking and consumer and business banking apps. Consumers with a personal banking account who wish to begin online banking can sign-up by using this link.  Business banking clients who are not enrolled in online banking should call their Relationship Manager.
The impacted branch locations and contact information for each branch manager follows:
Customers Bank
1101 Woodland Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610
Phone: 610-743-8010
Lucia DeAngelo, VP & Branch Manager, 484-682-8563
Customers Bank
1 Hearthstone Court
Reading, PA 19606
Phone: 610-406-9944
Lucia DeAngelo, VP & Branch Manager, 484-682-8563
Customers Bank
350 E. Bellevue Avenue
Reading, PA 19605
Phone: 610-743-8000
Lucia DeAngelo, VP & Branch Manager, 484-682-8563
Customers Bank
2A Summit Square Center
Langhorne, PA 19047
Phone: (267) 352-3012
Dom Paciolla, VP & Branch Manager, 484-868-6683
Customers Bank
513 Kimberton Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Phone: 610-415-9090
Keith Munley, VP & Branch Manager, 484-985-5349
For more information, see the bank’s website at
consumers bank

Community News Coronavirus Submission

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates from Crozer-Keystone Health System

At Crozer-Keystone Health System, the safety of our patients, visitors, workforce and physicians is our highest priority. We are working diligently to comply with the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH)and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to respond to any potential coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in our community, to prepare for potential patient surges in our facilities, and to do our part to prevent the spread of the virus. Our hospitals, physician offices and outpatient centers are following the latest CDC and public agency guidelines and are prepared to identify, isolate and treat patients who seek care at our facilities.

Coronavirus Opinion

The Un-United States of America needs Black parents to run coronavirus policy?

Black folks in Chester, PA are in a state of emergency as young Black folks are partying at spring break in Miami.

If I’m a young person in Chester who can’t even sit at a bar and have a beer, how do you think I feel seeing thousands of scantily clad young Black people binge drinking, dancing and beaching in Florida?

Business Coronavirus

Larimer Beer Company Brewery stays open in Chester


In terms of a work week, Wednesday is my Friday, and like most people looking to unwind at the end of the week, I often head over to Larimer Brewery for a craft beer since it’s only a few blocks from the job.

With everything being shut down, I thought for sure my Wednesday routine would need a little adjustment, but no, Larimer still comes through.

Community News Coronavirus Opinion

Create Mutual Need Networks for the elderly during the coronavirus pandemic

The initial response to the coronavirus by the top people in federal government can be best described as painfully negligent. They didn’t take it seriously. They blew it off. They claimed they had it under control and it wouldn’t come to our shores. Fast forward to today and the nation is in a state of emergency.

The amount of help people who are going to need to get through this is not forthcoming from the government. That’s why able bodied people must come together to form Mutual Need Networks, community based resources to help people get the things they’ll need to fill in the gaps that the federal and local governments up to this point have refused to build.

Community News Coronavirus

The household products that kill coronavirus

Coronaviruses are some of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate product, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

It has an envelope around it that allows it to merge with other cells to infect them. If you disrupt that coating, the virus can’t do its job.

Community News Coronavirus

Chester young ladies give away 100 FREE lunches

dorsey food giveaway

Due to the school closures, it is a hard time for youth to receive meals. Therefore, Dah’Naija Barnes and Kryshell Gordy will be giving back to the city of Chester by giving out 100 FREE lunches on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 on 22nd and Edgmont in the Church parking lot between 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm.

Tell the youth to come receive a packaged lunch made with love.
They are looking to continue this friendly gesture throughout this pandemic, so donations would be greatly appreciated: @$krissyxx or @$naijbarnes .

Please spread the word!

Community News Coronavirus Submission

The Foundation for Delaware County announces DELCO COVID-19 Response Fund

MEDIA, PA (March 17, 2020) — The Foundation for Delaware County today announced a $100,000 contribution to the new Delaware County COVID-19 Response Fund. Established by the foundation on Friday, the fund is a partnership with area business, government and community partners.

According to the foundation’s president Frances Sheehan,

100% of donations will go directly to vulnerable communities in Delaware County by supporting the non-profit agencies that are already struggling to manage increased need for services at a time when they simply cannot operate with the usual resources and methods.