Re: CoronaVirus mitigation
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2020 16:37:45 -0800 (PST)
Hello Mena and all — Thank you for initiating this thread, Mena.  It’s a 
valuable one.

Since you’re at Ground 0.5 for the coronavirus in the US (L.A. seems to have 
earned the crown of the most identified cases) maybe you have some lessons for 
us?  What changes have you made? What procedures do you have in place?

At Takoma Village in Washington DC our RISQUE pod (committee) has been 
requested to address this subject. So something is starting here.

May I make a pitch right now for mitigating other contagious diseases such as 
colds and flu?  I have a compromised immune system all year long. Not just 
during flue season.   When I get sick it’s lights out as it’s been for the last 
2.5 weeks after catching someone’s cold.  But this is not about just safety for 
me … it’s safety for the whole community … all year. When little kids get sick, 
inevitably the parents get sick too and pretty soon whatever bug it happens to 
be is circulated throughout the community.  Would it be helpful to everyone to 
not get sick, lose work time, lose time w/ the family, etc. etc. etc?   Why not 
have these procedures in place for healthy living all year?  We have guidelines 
around food safety. Why not around hand washing?  Wiping down surfaces in 
community spaces?  And of course around coughing, handshakes, sneezing  … ?

The coronavirus is a serious issue.  And I’m delighted to see it sparking 
conversation about safety.  Let’s put these procedures in place for healthy 
living all year for everyone.


Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Member, Board of Directors
Mid Atlantic Cohousing
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church, VA

Dear Karma — I have a list of people you missed.

> On Mar 5, 2020, at 3:58 PM, Mena Quilici <menaq20 [at]> wrote:
> What, if anything, are you changing to mitigate the spread of the
> Coronavirus in your community?  Are you making changes in community meals,
> adding additional chores such as wiping doorknobs, etc?  Do you have plans
> in place to take care of members who are ill or on quarantine?  It’s a big
> discussion item here as the virus spreads in Washington State.
> Mena Quilicj
> Quimper Village
> -- 
> Mena Quilici
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