In these frightening times, I'd like to reach out to the Lollipuff community with a few words.
First, and foremost, be safe. Nothing is more precious than life. Keep your distance from others, wash and sanitize, and stay at home if at all possible. If you must go out, take a bottle of hand sanitizer and wear a DIY mask, which brings me to the second topic.
The US, and many other nations have an extreme shortage of face masks. Due to the enormous demand, many countries have stopped exporting them. They are needed MOST by those at the front-line of this emergency: healthcare staff. For this reason, I think that the government has told everyone that face masks are ineffective. However, looking at statistical studies alone, masks demonstrate significant value in reducing the chances of coronavirus.
Our nurses, doctors, medics... they need these masks the most. In fact, many US hospitals have already run out of this basic! So, it is understandable if the government is trying to convince people that they are not needed. HOWEVER, this does not mean you can't make a DIY mask if you need to make an emergency grocery stop. Please see here for more information.
I implore everyone to do their share. Each and every one of us can make such a HUGE difference by staying at home (if at all possible) and by practicing safety. By doing so, less people die, less people suffer, and the sooner we can stop isolating ourselves.
This certainly should be compelling to everyone. However, if it is not, and you are young and healthy, then let me try to scare you. 38% of those who needed to be hospitalized in the US for coronavirus were between 20 and 54. The mortality rate in Italy is a crazy 7%.
Lastly, I wish each and everyone and all of your loved ones good health. If you are worried about finances as many of us are in these trying times, know that you are not alone. This will all pass; just try your best at the most important thing: health.