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Six Things Employees Don’t Know about Coronavirus

Updated: Apr 16, 2020


Special bonus: Seventh Thing Employees Don’t Know

Before you make a face mask out of a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) filter,, as many are recommending, consider that what makes them so “high-efficient” is: fiberglass. These filters were designed for industrial purposes (furnaces, vacuum cleaners, air conditioners etc.). They were not designed to be breathed through. Fiberglass should not be in close proximity to one’s lungs.


This list is culled from our “coronatips,” a carousel of coronavirus-related morsels available to our customers and FoQ’s (Friends of Quizzify) as part of their coronakits. A coronakit, as you can see below, combines this coronatip rotation with:

  • all current quiz questions

  • a newsfeed from us and/or you

  • links to your own employee-focused materials

  • private-labeling

Here are the six coronatips, covering issues from the large to the smallest imaginable, that most seem to check the twin boxes of generally not known but generally helpful to know for health and/or financial reasons.

1. You may be able to skip a mortgage payment…but you still owe it

Most people don’t know whether their mortgage is backed by the government or not, since it’s a “mortgage servicer” that sends them the bills and answers the phone. If it is, you can get a reprieve if you contact them ahead of time to claim financial hardship. That doesn’t mean you never have to pay. You just don’t have to pay now. To find out if yours is or isn’t, call the number on your bill, but expect to wait on hold long enough to make Comcast blush.

2. Your landlord may not be able to evict you

Likewise, if you rent an apartment in a building with a government-backed mortgage as many tenants do, a specific provision in the CARES Act applies—there is a 120-day moratorium on evictions.

Obviously, no one ordinarily has any clue whether this applies to them or not, but it’s worth finding out. Otherwise, no CARES Act provision benefits renters. As a practical matter, eviction proceedings have come to a halt in many states or cities, and some are outright preventing it. There is no “official” list of these jurisdictions, but try this website. They seem legit.

There may be no risk to your credit score either -- landlords rarely report to credit agencies because for them eviction has been the go-to remedy for non-payment. Yours may start doing this but obviously they would threaten you with it first, since reporting does no good if the tenant doesn’t know they’re being reported.

Not just for rent, but In all bill-paying cases, those of us who are not familiar with “stretching” strategies might not realize that, for just about any bill, partial payments and proactive communication go a long way towards not getting cut off.

3. Baby, you should drive your car

Spending insufficient time in their car is not a problem most Americans have ever experienced, to put it mildly.

It’s not enough to idle the car…or even to drive to the store, as many of us do. You actually have to drive it once a week far enough to get the engine fully warmed up. If you can take a spin on the highway every other week, all the better. No need to take our word for this. Cars are designed in the expectation that they will be driven. Just google it. Attention to this now may save you expensive repairs down the road, so to speak.

4. No product on the internet “boosts” your immune system

Google on “boost your immune system to prevent coronavirus” and you’ll get 11 million hits, virtually all of which are wrong - including zinc, essential oils and the “electrolyte elixir drink.” (We can’t make this stuff up.)

5. Drink gallons of tonic water only if that’s your idea of a good time

Tonic water is flying off the shelves, because the active ingredient is quinine, as found in the remedy-du-jour of hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil).

Where to start? First, you’d have to drink maybe a dozen bottles of tonic water to get to the level of quinine found in Plaquenil. Even then, it’s not the same formulation, and even then, it is very far from clear that the latter has any noticeable beneficial impact in the prevention or treatment of coronavirus. (We were skeptical of this one early on.)

6. And finally, as promised, the smallest “healthful hint” in the Quizzify quiz quiver…

…No co-located colleagues to impress? Then no need to shower every day. It’s best for skin health to shower less often. Your skin is less dry and less prone to infection/itch/rash etc. Honestly the odds of anything bad happening to us (well, most of us…) by taking showers are pretty slim, but why take the chance? We are all trying to save a little money here and there too.


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