An Update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

By Megan Morrow
Published March 16, 2020

As news on the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to unfold following the declaration of a national emergency, we wanted to stay in touch regarding key details as well as how we may assist you during this unprecedented time. We also recommend following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) for the latest information.

In addition to previous recommendations regarding vigorous hand washing for at least 20 seconds and staying home when feeling ill, recent recommendations have centered on “social distancing” and “flattening the curve.”

Designed to slow down the spread of the virus, social distancing is a public health practice that involves staying at least six feet away from others and avoiding handshakes, hugs or other forms of physical contact. With the aim of preventing the public–-including those who are not yet showing symptoms-–from spreading COVID-19 or other illnesses, it also entails cancellations and closures, as evidenced by the number of school closures and event cancellations. As of March 15, the CDC recommended that gatherings of 50 people or more be avoided for the next eight weeks—it is important to realize this may change by publish date of this article as this is a very fluid situation.

To that end, social distancing can help flatten the curve or reduce spikes in the number of new coronavirus cases, which can stress an already taxed healthcare system. A flattened curve can decrease the spread and lead to better health outcomes for those who do fall ill.

If you are concerned about your investments and the recent market fluctuations, please reach out to your HJ Sims financial advisor at any time. Our team recommends diversifying and investing for the long-term, and we are happy to discuss individual strategies.

Finally, while it is important to stay informed, too much news can also be overwhelming. Do your best to take breaks and take care of yourself.

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The material presented here is for information purposes only and is not to be considered an offer to buy or sell any security. This report was prepared from sources believed to be reliable but it is not guaranteed as to accuracy and it is not a complete summary of statement of all available data. Information and opinions are current up to the date of publication and are subject to change without notice. The purchase and sale of securities should be conducted on an individual basis considering the risk tolerance and investment objective of each investor and with the advice and counsel of a professional advisor. The opinions expressed by Ms. Morrow are strictly her own and do not necessarily reflect those of Herbert J. Sims & Co., Inc. or their affiliates. This is not a solicitation to buy or an offer to sell any particular investment. All investment involves risk and may result in a loss of principal. Investors should carefully consider their own circumstances before making any investment decision.

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