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Coping with COVID: April 25

Governors State University Center for Performing Arts offers access to virtual performing arts events. State health officials caution people not to ingest disinfectant products in attempt to prevent or treat COVID-19. Masks are required in some public settings after May. CDC and WHO offer advice about best practices. Quote of the day on the topic of rushing vaccines to market. 

Arts for all: While performances at The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University are canceled, it’s not the end of the arts. The center has launched #Theatre Thursdays. Every Thursday the center will provide virtual theatrical journeys.

  • Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” streams through April 29.
  • Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” streams through May 2.
  • “Love Never Dies,” a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera” streams until 1 p.m. April 26.
  • Great Performances featuring Noel Coward streams until May 27.

Disinfect things, not people. At the daily COVID-19 briefing on Saturday, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, direct of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said she wanted to address “myths and rumors” in circulation about the virus, but she really only addressed one: Disinfectants will not prevent or treat COVID-19 in people. “Injecting, ingesting, snorting household cleaners is dangerous. It can be deadly.” She noted that poison control numbers have seen an increase in calls related to people attempting to use disinfectant products inappropriately. Using disinfectants to clean surfaces is still highly recommended, because the virus is believed to survive for up to three days on some materials. 


Masks are part of the new normal. Starting May 1, Illinoians will be expected to wear face coverings in public situations where physical distancing is difficult, places like grocery stores, for instance. The requirement is part of a executive order announced on Thursday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a recommendation April 3 on using masks to help limit the spread of COVID-19. The World Health Organization posted a detailed guide on April 6 about how non-respiratory masks can be used effectively. 

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Quote of the Day. “Many people are asking, why do we have to test the vaccines, why don’t we just make the vaccines and give them to people? The world has learned many lessons of the mass use of vaccines and there’s only one thing more dangerous than a bad virus and that’s a bad vaccine so we have to be very, very, very careful in developing any product that we’re going to inject into potentially most of the world’s population.” (Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Programme during a briefing on March 20)

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