This has been a very unusual year so far, and it is continuing to affect our Tribe, our community, our state, our nation and the world. There has been some easing of restrictions, but the threat is still present and real. Taking precautions is the best way to fight this pandemic affliction. Be aware!

Here are a few “myths vs. facts” that might help your decision-making:

Myth — Homemade cloth masks are not effective as public protection.
Fact — A homemade face mask may not prevent a healthy person from getting the virus, but masks can prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. Infected people may not show symptoms but are still contagious; so, it is safer for everyone to wear a face covering when in public.

Myth — Any material that covers my mouth will work for a cloth mask.
Fact — Cloth face coverings should cover both the nose and the mouth when in public settings. Cloth coverings should:

  • Fit snugly against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • Be able to be laundered without damaging or changing shape.

Myth — I’m immune to the stress and uncertainty that the COVID-19 national emergency may bring.
Fact — Stress and uncertainty related to COVID-19 can affect your emotional, mental and physical well-being as well as your productivity. Learn ways to reduce stress.

Myth — Resources to help children cope with the COVID-19 pandemic are limited.
Fact — The Defense Health Agency continues to promote online programs that support the health and well-being of kids. Your PBS station broadcasts numerous programs for this purpose.

Remember that our CPN Veterans Organization has suspended our monthly meetings and activities until further notice. Stay healthy and safe.

(Thank you),

Daryl Talbot, Commander
CPN VA Representative: Andrew Whitham
CPN Office Hours: 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.