COVID19 Update March 14, 2020 - The Autism Dad Podcast


COVID19 Update March 14, 2020

I've been getting a lot of questions in regards to how I'm managing my household as the COVID19 pandemic worsens. I thought it would be better to do it this way and hopefully this helps someone.

I'm NOT an expert and I hate giving advice but what I'm going to do is share a little bit about how I managing to keep us safe, sane and moving forward during these scary times. As you know, my oldest has CVID or Common Variable Immunodeficiency. This means his immune system is severely compromised and that puts him at a much higher risk, should he get sick. I have to exercise extreme caution right now, without freaking my kids out.

It's a very difficult balance but I have no choice but to maintain it as best I can.

Please stay safe. Be kind to each other. Wash your hands. Be prepared. Take this seriously. Don't panic.

I wanted to provide you with a list of reliable sources for information regarding COVID19. Facts, science medicine and accurate, truthful information matter now more than ever. These are a few of the people and places I trust. These are some of the people and medical facilities that I trust and rely on for information about this pandemic. Please give them a follow.

Dr. Tara C. Smith

Professor, infectious disease epidemiologist



Cleveland Clinic



Mayo Clinic






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