October 21, 2020

COVID-19: Don't Keep Working At Your Restaurant Job ... Or Any Job For That Matter ... If You Are Sick With COVID-19!

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Restaurant Employees Work While Sick With COVID-19


The San Francisco Chronicle recently published this article looking at why COVID-19 was much more dominate in the Bay Area Latino population versus other ethnicities.   The simple answer in the article was that Latino families often live in smaller living quarters with large, and sometimes multi-generational, families.  One person gets COVID-19, brings COVID-19 home, and spreads it to the other household members.  Bingo!

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But here is what really got me riled up in the article.  The article included a portrayal of one Latino family in Contra Costa family where I live.  Dad, stay-at-home Mom, and 5 children age 2 through 16.  The family lives off of the father's part-time restaurant employment, in which he earns $1200 a month.  The rest of their income comes from various government programs (paid for by taxpayers such as you and me), and donations from their Catholic Church.

And yep, the family came down with COVID-19, seemingly first brought home by the mother.  Get this:  Paulina Barajas’ husband, Sergio Martinez, continued working for more than 2 weeks (Sept 18 - Oct 4) at his part-time restaurant job, grinding through a fever and nausea until he began wheezing on Oct. 4 — at which point Barajas took him to the emergency room.

Yep, a COVID-19 infected person, sick with fever and nausea, continued working IN A RESTAURANT for MORE THAN 2 WEEKS while sick.  WHILE SICK WITH COVID-19.  So apparently the restaurant took no health precautions, such as temperature checks or health screenings before shifts.  And you've got to wonder:  How much does this happen in restaurants in geheral?  This is just one reason why you won't see me eating at a restaurant, or getting takeout from a restaurant, for a long, long time.

Also recently reported on KCBS Radio was that the Oakland Flea Market and Swap Show, held in the heavily Latino populated Fruitvale area of Oakland, was running with large crowds of people.  And almost no person has been seen wearing a mask or social distancing, including both vendors and people looking to purchase something.

Why people refuse to follow simple health precautions for the spread of COVID-19 is beyond me.  I have neither empathy nor sympathy for those people who get infected due to their very own, by choice, thoughtless and dangerous actions.  These people all deserve a Bonehead Award for their callous and dangerous actions.

But I am left to wonder this thought:  Just how many people did Sergio Martinez infect with COVID-19 while he worked for 2 weeks at a restaurant while sick with the Coronavirus?

Stay safe and healthy everyone.  And make smart, informed choices and decisions to protect your health and the health of those around you.  Wear a face mask, social distance, wash your hands.  And one more very simple thing:  Don't go to work or go out in public when you are sick, unless your public outing is to get medical attention.  

Mary Rae Fouts, EA . Fouts Financial Group


Mary Rae Fouts, EA provides Tax Services, Insurance Consulting Services, and Expert Witness Services to clients who typically have technical or complex concerns.  For more information visit FoutsFinancialGroup.com.  And remember ... Don't just stay positive, be positive!

Mary Rae Fouts

October 16, 2020

See You After I Take A Short Break!

I'm taking a short break ... I will be away from posting new posts here on Thoughts from Mary Rae Fouts for a bit.  In the meantime, stay well and healthy, everyone!  Mary


Mary Rae Fouts, EA . Fouts Financial Group


Mary Rae Fouts, EA provides Tax Services, Insurance Consulting Services, and Expert Witness Services to clients who typically have technical or complex concerns.  For more information visit FoutsFinancialGroup.com.  And remember ... Don't just stay positive, be positive!

Mary Rae Fouts

October 13, 2020

Non Sequitur Nails The False COVID-10 Heard Mentality

Non Sequitur Comic Strip
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COVID-19 Heard Mentality
COVID-19 Deaths
COVID-19 Long Haulers


The October 12, 2020 Non Sequitur Comic Strip nailed what has all to often happened with the false heard mentality of people who think COVID-19 is fake, political, or nothing to be worried concerned about.  As in COVID-19 is "just the flu".   


This Non Sequitur Comic Strip is, unfortunately, so true.  If people would have implemented easy safe health practices when the COVID-19 Pandemic started .... wash your hands, social distancing, wear a face mask in enclosed public places, or outside when you are within 6 feet of people .... we'd all be in much better shape right now.  Instead, renewed spikes in COVID-19 cases are occurring throughout the world.

COVID-19 Long Haulers


And for those who think the death rate for COVID-19 is so low, the disease is nothing to be worried about?  Well, take a look at those who have survived COVID-19, only to be left with debilitating health morbidity issues, including experiencing chest pain, brain fog/lack of concentration, shortness of breath, blood clots, rapid heart rate, exhaustion, gastrointestinal issues., extreme muscle and body pain, chills and sweats. Medical experts are calling these people "long haulers", and have no idea how long these health issues will last.

COVID-19 Deaths


And as for those misguided people who think the death rate for COVID-19 is so low, the disease is nothing to be worried about?  Take a look at death statistics of COVID-19 versus seasonal flu.  As of October 12, 2020, approximately 215,0000 people in the United States have died this year from COVID-19.  Compare that to CDC's estimated deaths in the United States form the seasonal flu season of 2019-2020:  21,000 people died.

Deaths in the United States from seasonal flu,
 2019-2020 flu season:  21,000

Deaths in the United States from COVID-19
as of October 12, 2020:  215,000
  
 
Still think COVID-19 is nothing to be concerned about?

Stay safe and healthy, everyone.  If not for yourself, do it for those around you.

Mary Rae Fouts, EA . Fouts Financial Group


Mary Rae Fouts, EA provides Tax Services, Insurance Consulting Services, and Expert Witness Services to clients who typically have technical or complex concerns.  For more information visit FoutsFinancialGroup.com.  And remember ... Don't just stay positive, be positive!

Mary Rae Fouts

October 10, 2020

Lexi the Dog Wakes Up From An Afternoon Nap

Lexi the Dog


Lexi, my Faithful 10-year old Canine Companion Princess.  Here is my Chow Chow-Pomeranian mix Lexi recently waking up from an afternoon nap.  Lexi loves to be out in the backyard.  One of her favorite lounging and napping spots is along the back side of the house between 2 garden equipment storage closets.  The space between the units is perfect for her fit, and she has a wide view of the backyard, to keep track of the squirrels Lexi so loves to chase!  Lexi's high prey drive is, well, crazy high, even worse than that of her fur brother, Husky-Malamute mix Sid!

Stay optimistic, live in the present, and enjoy your day, just as Lexi does. 

Lexi Wakes Up From An Afternoon Nap
Good Girl, Lexi!

Unconditional love is as close as your nearest animal shelter.  Please adopt, don't shop.


Mary Rae Fouts, EA . Fouts Financial Group


Mary Rae Fouts, EA provides Tax Services, Insurance Consulting Services, and Expert Witness Services to clients who typically have technical or complex concerns.  For more information visit FoutsFinancialGroup.com.  And remember ... Don't just stay positive, be positive!

Mary Rae Fouts

October 7, 2020

Honeywell HP300 HEPA Air Purifier ... A Must Have For Clean Air In Your Home!

Honeywell HP300 HEPA Air Purifier


I have Honeywell HP300 HEPA Air Purifier units staged throughout my home.  I originally purchased them to deal with allergy issues and pet dander inside the home.  However, the air purifier units have been essential in keeping my home air clean during the sometimes severe wildfire smoke we are once again experiencing in Northern California.  I have the units running 24/7, and they do a superb job of keeping our air clean inside the home.

One of the units recently alerted me that the HEPA air filters needed replacing.  (Each unit has 1 pre-clean filter, then 3 HEPA filters.)  Take a look at the BLACK old HEPA filters, next to a white, new HEPA filter.  Is that amazing, or what?  Yuck!  I can't imagine what the quality of our home interior air would be like now, without our air purifier units.

3 Dirty Honeywell HEPA Air Filters Next To A Brand New, Clean Filter.
The Honeywell HP300 Air Purifier Really Works! 

I highly recommend Honeywell HP300 HEPA Air Purifiers for clean air inside of your home.  I wouldn't be without our units, that's for certain!


Mary Rae Fouts, EA . Fouts Financial Group


Mary Rae Fouts, EA provides Tax Services, Insurance Consulting Services, and Expert Witness Services to clients who typically have technical or complex concerns.  For more information visit FoutsFinancialGroup.com.  And remember ... Don't just stay positive, be positive!

Mary Rae Fouts

October 4, 2020

Chef Rob Lam: Your Face Mask Isn't Chin Jewerly! Wear Your Mask On Your Face, Not On Your Chin!

Chef Rob Lam

San Francisco Restaurant Lily

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The San Francisco Chronicle recently published a lengthy article about Lily, a supposed "thrilling" (as Food Reporter Janelle Bitker described it) new Vietnamese restaurant in San Francisco, led by Chef Rob Lam, that opened on October 1.

Memo to Lily Chef Rob Lam:  Wear your face mask on your face, over your nose and mouth.  Don't wear it on your chin!

Upon reading the article in my morning newspaper, what I found less than "thrilling" was the lack of proper COVID-19 safety precautions taken by Chef Rob Lam.  In both photos that appeared in the newspaper article, Lam is wearing his face mask down around his chin like chin jewelry.  Take a look:


Photo Credits:  Scott Strazzante, sfchronicle.com

Would you eat food prepared at a restaurant by a chef who was not wearing a face mask, with the possibility that the chef might be infected with COVID-19?  I sure would not.   And what's more disturbing about this issue, is that the restaurant's website clearly states that "Face masks are mandated for team members at all times.  Face masks are mandated for all guests.  We reserve the right to refuse service to those who do not arrive with masks."  Yet Chef Lam is clearly NOT wearing a mask, violating the restaurant's own safety protocols.  Also makes a person wonder how much attention Chef Lam pays to other restaurant safety measures, including proper hand washing and food holding temperatures.

Wearing a face mask is a truly simple task.  I continue to find it headshaking unfortunate and frustrating that some people either refuse to wear a face mask, or wear one correctly.  And here you have a person of authority at the restaurant ... the CHEF, for goodness sake ... who is not wearing a mask.  Chef Rob Lam should set an example and WEAR A FACE MASK ON HIS FACE, NOT ON HIS CHIN.  If he's not wearing a mask, I'll bet my $1 that other employees are more than likely not wearing masks, too.  I'd also bet my $1 that if you asked Chef Lam if he wears a mask at the restaurant, he'd say "Sure, I wear a mask all of the time."

Sure he wears a mask all of the time.  Hanging from his chin!

Yet another unfortunate example ... a completely avoidable example ... of why people, myself included, are not flocking back to restaurants.  If people would have abided by simple safety protocols such as frequent hand washing and diligently wearing face masks in public when the COVID-19 Pandemic started, we'd all be in much better shape now than we are with this highly infectious, debilitating, and killing disease.

Mary Rae Fouts, EA . Fouts Financial Group


Mary Rae Fouts, EA provides Tax Services, Insurance Consulting Services, and Expert Witness Services to clients who typically have technical or complex concerns.  For more information visit FoutsFinancialGroup.com.  And remember ... Don't just stay positive, be positive!

Mary Rae Fouts

October 1, 2020

Healthier Eating and Living: Add Fresh Pineapple to Your Diet!

Pineapple

Healthier Eating and Living


Fresh pineapple is a fruit that tends to be forgotten in the produce department, replaced instead for canned pineapple.  Maybe it’s that people don’t know how to judge for ripeness, or think you need a fancy pineapple corer to prepare the fruit?

Well, you don’t need a fancy pineapple corer to prepare the fruit.  A large, sharp knife is all you need to peel the skin, slice the pineapple pieces, and trim out the small round core.  And the pineapple skin, core, and top make excellent compost ingredients! 

As far as ripeness is concerned, fresh pineapple is ripe when the skin starts to turn a bit yellow.  So, if you are going to prepare your fresh pineapple within a day or so, select a pineapple that has some yellow coloring on the skin.  Otherwise, you’re fine to select a fresh pineapple that has more green on the skin.  Keep it on the counter at room temperature, and it will continue to ripen.  Plus, it looks pretty on display and smells heavenly!  Here is a fresh pineapple I recently purchased, a Del Monte Gold grown in Costa Rica.  It will provide a lot of fresh pineapple for $5.99!  Fresh pineapple is so delicious eaten fresh, and in cooking and baking.  After you prepare the pineapple, keep it in a covered container in the refrigerator, and enjoy!

Just prepared fresh pineapple.  Yum!

Pineapple Nutrition


Not only is fresh pineapple beyond delicious, it is packed full of nutrition and health benefits!  Here are pineapple nutrition details and health benefits from healthline.com.

One cup (5.8 ounces or 165 grams) of pineapple chunks contains the following:
  • Calories: 82.5
  • Fat: 1.7 grams
  • Protein: 1 gram
  • Carbs: 21.6 grams
  • Fiber: 2.3 grams
  • Vitamin C: 131% of the RDI (Recommended Daily Intake, or Allowance)
  • Manganese: 76% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B6: 9% of the RDI
  • Copper: 9% of the RDI
  • Thiamin: 9% of the RDI
  • Folate: 7% of the RDI
  • Potassium: 5% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 5% of the RDI
  • Niacin: 4% of the RDI
  • Pantothenic acid: 4% of the RDI
  • Riboflavin: 3% of the RDI
  • Iron: 3% of the RDI
As you can see, Pineapple is loaded with Vitamin C and Manganese.  You're most likely familiar with the health benefits of Vitamin C, but perhaps not Manganese.  Manganese is an essential trace element.  According to the National Institute of Health:
"Manganese is an essential trace element that is naturally present in many foods and available as a dietary supplement. Manganese is a cofactor for many enzymes, including manganese superoxide dismutase, arginase, and pyruvate carboxylase. Through the action of these enzymes, manganese is involved in amino acid, cholesterol, glucose, and carbohydrate metabolism; reactive oxygen species scavenging; bone formation; reproduction; and immune response. Manganese also plays a role in blood clotting and hemostasis in conjunction with vitamin K."
Pretty cool, huh?!

Pineapple is loaded with healthy antioxidants, which help fight off sickness and disease.  Pineapple also contains the digestive enzyme bromelain, which helps overall digestion by breaking down proteins.  Bromelain also has anti-inflammatory properties, which may help ease painful inflammation and arthritis. 

So the next time you are shopping for produce, don’t forget to pick up a fresh pineapple.  You’ll be glad you did!

Mary Rae Fouts, EA . Fouts Financial Group


Mary Rae Fouts, EA provides Tax Services, Insurance Consulting Services, and Expert Witness Services to clients who typically have technical or complex concerns.  For more information visit FoutsFinancialGroup.com.  And remember ... Don't just stay positive, be positive!

Mary Rae Fouts