Let’s talk about masks.
Then we’ll let you know about some money that’s likely to be coming your way.
And we’ll tell you what you’re not able to spend it on.
You’d rather talk about some cash coming into your pockets first?
Gotcha. But be warned: It’s wrapped in politics.
Today is the day Senate Republicans are expected to provide details of what’s being called CARES 2, the proposed rescue package that will include a second stimulus check for individuals. The talk is the check will be just like the last one — $1,200 for individual and up to $3,400 for a family of four — but don’t start spending it yet. There’s actually no guarantee of how much it will be because the Senate still needs to debate the details with Democrats in the House of Representatives. Being this close to the November election — that debate will be heated.
Yet, rest assured. There will be money coming your way and it could be as soon as August. Neither political party will want to be the one that pulls the plug on that. The political fight will be about who can take credit for what.
Now, that you’re getting some money, what won’t you be able to spend it on?
Try a nice bike.
Right now, you may have a better chance of winning the lottery. Bicycles have become the new toilet paper of the coronavirus — hard t0 find and going quickly if you are lucky enough to locate one.
The same goes for other forms of outdoor recreational items such as pools and exercise equipment. People want something to do in this age of social distancing and 14-day self quarantines, but thanks to the month-long shutdown of non-essential companies, much of what we want to purchase isn’t yet available.
Now about masks:
This was the first weekend that Gov. Mike DeWine’s mandatory mask order was the rule. If you were out and about, you noticed most people were wearing them in the Lima region. The next trick is making sure people wear them correctly.
Wearing a mask without covering your nose is like applying your first round of sunscreen at the end of a beach day — pointless, according to a May study by Dr. Richard Boucher of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“When the virus becomes firmly established in the nose, the pathogen then makes its way to the lungs where it can cause more serious disease, including potentially fatal pneumonia,” his research said.
A separate study published in April in the journal Nature Medicine found the same results.
It’s been five months since the coronavirus rudely introduced itself into our lives, but it’s starting to feel like five years.
At first, there was some humor to it as people started hoarding, of all things, toilet paper. It was being called the beer virus or the toilet paper virus. Next came the orders to stay home, and we laughed that a baby boom would be heading our way in December. Those who were good at math pointed out that in the year 2013 we would go from a nation full of millennials to one being taken over by the quaran-teens.
You don’t hear so much yukking about coronavirus today.
At some point — be it the growing number of deaths, the lost jobs, the cancellation of sporting events, the closing of restaurants — it quit being funny for most of us.
ROSES AND THORNS: Are those petunias in the rose garden?
Rose: To the “petunia lady,” who lives on West Spring Street near Jameson Avenue. “She has just beautified her front yard in a way that lifts our spirits every time we drive by. We were able to speak to her one day and she is just a real joy,” said Linda Billingsley, who nominated her for a rose.
Rose: To Joyce and Bill Nichols of Elida. They were married 74 years ago today in 1946 when you could buy a ticket to the movies for 55 cents, a gallon of gas for 21 cents, a postage stamp for 3 cents and a new Ford DeLuxe Tudor Sedan for $1,185.
Rose: To Judith and James Bourk and Suzanne and Dan Hennon. Both of the Lima couples celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday and both were married that day in 1960 in one of Lima’s Catholic churches. The Hennons were married at St. Charles by Father Walter T. Hanley and the Bourks were married at St. Rose by Father Richard C. Morman.
Rose: To Dorothy Blosser of Lima, who had her idea featured Sunday in the nationally syndicated comic strip “Pluggers.” Blosser noted you’re a Plugger if you ask for a senior discount on a car repair.
Thorn: On Thursday, Allen County became the only county in the state to be approaching a Level 4 Public Health Emergency, the highest rating in Ohio’s COVID-19 alert system.
Thorn: A car pulled up to the emergency room at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center and alerted the medical staff a man in the car’s back seat was not breathing. After the emergency crew removed him from the vehicle and rushed him inside, the three people in the car took off. The man, identified as Brandon Basinger, 39, of Lima later died.
Thorn: A juvenile hit speeds of up to 90 mph on Elida Road before Allen County Sheriff’s deputies were able to slow him down and arrest him.
PARTING SHOT: A recent study has found that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than the men who mention it.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.