Per the World Health Organization (WHO) : preventive measures continue to include maintaining a social distance (at least 3 feet), washing hands, coughing/sneezing into your elbow/shoulder, staying home if you feel unwell, and cleaning commonly touched surfaces often. They do not recommend shelter in place unless local authorities specify it.
Per the Center for Disease Control (CDC) : same as WHO but recommend social distance of 6 feet. The CDC now recommends people use cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. See below for links to patterns and ideas for both sewn and non-sewn masks.
The White House: Avoid social gatherings of greater than 10 people.
The City of San Antonio: on March 23, Mayor Nirenberg ordered the temporary closure of all non-essential businesses. Although WE all think yarn is an essential, we also know that everyone's health is way more important, so we've shifted all sales and support to online/email/Facebook.
Face masks! Tiana's Closet (a sewing blog) has patterns for two styles of face masks. The first is a fitted mask that comes in kids, women, and men's sizes. (Note: we tried both the women's and men's sizes and found that the men's size is a better fit for many of us. Make sure you check the sizes before you sew!) The second mask is a 'super easy' mask to sew.
Also, the NY Times published a pattern that looks straight forward.
This no-sew mask uses a scarf/towel and a couple of hair ties.
If you're making your own masks, you'll quickly figure out that 1/8" elastic (for the ear loops) is virtually impossible to find. We used yarn (cause, yarn...) and it works well enough to keep the masks on our faces without being uncomfortable. You can also use bias tape, shoe laces, or hair ties, go with what works for you.
Be kind to yourself: crafting helps all of us stay sane, but so do exercise, meditation, and immersing ourselves in a movie or book. Even 5-10 minutes of walking or yoga per day will help you stay calmer. (Stuck at home and need an instructional video? Check out SarahBethYoga's 15 minute morning yoga routine, which is beginner-friendly. Want to walk but concerned about mingling with people? Try Walk at Home by Leslie Sansone's series of walking videos, like Heart Healthy - 1 mile walk.)
Be kind to others! As health worries, grocery hoarding, and financial uncertainty increase, we're all stressed. A recent study showed that people feel loved when someone shows compassion to them in difficult times. Also on the list: snuggling with a child, a welcome home from a pet, and hearing someone tell them "I love you". WE LOVE YOU!