Facebook isn’t the best news source

Crocus blooming in my yard this week

This is day 2 of the Minnesota stay at home order also day 14 of the president’s Coronavirus guidelines. There are a lot of people who are frightened. There are people with little to do who spend their time on Facebook trying to save us all by posting important news and public service messages.

In one case I even saw someone from a state department of health comment on false information. Numerous news sources debunked information. The person posting it left it in place.

We all know people who get most of their news from Facebook but Facebook is not the best source of news. The Minnesota Department of Health has an excellent web site and the information we have is the best currently available. The Federal government also has a Covid-19 website. 

I like MPR radio (FM91.1) as a news source. The local papers, the New York Times and the Washington Post and the local news stations. I have been listening to or watching the Presidents almost daily press conferences too. Ask Alexa to play CSPAN or watch it at https://www.whitehouse.gov/live/ Usually scheduled for 4:00 PM our time but doesn’t actually start until 4:30 or 5:00 PM.

When you find news and want to know if it is true you can do a google search.  False information seems to spread faster than a virus on social media.

A person can drive themselves crazy watching the videos about how to sanitize everything. Most of us are going to get this virus and many of us already have it. In my household, we don’t even have a thermometer and none are available and there is little testing. We should each assume I have it and do our very best to stop the spread with frequent handwashing and social distancing.

Here is more information about the  Minnesota stay at home order which went into effect on March 27th and will remain in effect until April 10th. Restaurants and public spaces will remain closed until May.

Real estate services are considered essential and we are still working while following the guidelines for social distancing. In some states, real estate services are not considered essential.

Open houses are strongly discouraged and I home sellers do not have to allow showings. I do not recommend buying a house without seeing it first but have helped people do that. I have also sold houses for people without ever meeting them in person.

On Friday I showed a house to a client who made an offer on that house. Contracts are created and signed electronically no in-person contact is needed. Homebuyers can tour houses safely.

Stay well, stay at home and wash those hands.

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