An Update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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.

Gift of Life: Recap from 17th Annual Late Winter Conference

Gift of Life (GOL) joined our 17th Annual HJ Sims Late Winter Conference February 25-27 in San Diego. GOL was represented by Alicia Lorio, a leader of their Young Professionals Committee in Orange County; and GOL blood stem cell donor, Alec Nadelle.

Alicia shared GOL’s history and spoke about the importance of growing the GOL stem cell registry to give second chances to those afflicted by blood and bone cancer. Before introducing Alec, Alicia shared how individuals can get involved with GOL and increase the number of those within the registry by encouraging individuals to swab their community and swab at their workplace.

Next, Alec shared his experience with GOL. He donated blood stem cells in November 2012 to a (then 71-year-old) woman battling a fast-moving form of Leukemia. The presentation left attendees feeling truly moved.

The team was excited to share an update about the amazing CSR partnership that HJ Sims and GOL have shared during the last two years.

From running fundraising drives to sponsoring the Steps for Life events to helping underwrite equipment for a
new state-of-the-art Stem Cell Collection Center located in Boca Raton, HJ Sims continues to be honored to support GOL and their mission to cure blood cancer through marrow and stem cell donations. GOL has facilitated nearly 3,600 transplants since its inception.

For more information, visit www.giftoflife.org

Prevention of Coronavirus

With coronavirus or COVID-19 spreading to more cities, states and countries, awareness and concern also continue to grow. No matter where you live or what your age, it is important to take steps toward protection.

Following are several simple steps you can take to prevent illness and bolster your health:

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Even regular hand washers often miss this mark – 20 seconds is about the time it takes to sing “happy birthday” twice. Determine a song of your choice or follow the second hand on your watch to ensure you are washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick, no matter what the illness. If you are caring for someone who is sick, try to wear a mask. The CDC only recommends masks for those who are ill or caring for someone who is sick. Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose and mouth. Also, avoid shaking hands for the duration of the virus.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly – this can include commonly touched areas such as doorknobs, light switches, computers, handles, phones, bathroom sinks, counters, toys and more.
  • Take care of your mental and physical health. Make sure you are eating well, drinking plenty of fluids, exercising and doing something to relieve any stress you may feel regarding the virus. Limit screen time, particularly if you find yourself getting overwhelmed by news or social media messages.

With symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath and body aches, coronavirus can be confused with influenza. Please contact your doctor’s office with any concerns.

To prepare your household, you can gather a two-week supply of non-perishable food staples and household supplies such as toilet paper, laundry supplies and diapers. It is also recommended to have at least a 30-day supply of prescription medications and other common health supplies (cold medicine, pain relievers) on hand. You may also want to create a plan in case of closure at work, daycare or school.

In addition, you can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) site for ongoing updates and information.

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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.

How to Cultivate a Green Thumb This Spring

Gardening and getting your hands a little dirty by digging in the soil can be an incredibly healthy hobby: Gardening can reduce depression and anxiety, help people lose weight, and increase quality of life and overall sense of community, according to Science Direct.

Not everyone, however, is a natural-born gardener – it takes time and trial and error. If your previous efforts at growing plants and flowers, or fruits and vegetables, have been less-than fruitful, there is hope.

Check out the following helpful hints for cultivating your very own green thumb:

  • Relax. Even the best gardeners in the world have made plenty of mistakes. Recognize that Mother Nature can be fickle, weather is not predictable and perfection is not really the goal. Rather, half the fun can be in the planting, watering and watching.
  • Plan. Depending on where you live, you will likely have more success with plants that grow well in that area. The National Gardening Association shares a zone map that can help you learn more about your location and what might grow well there. You can also talk to others about hardy plants that tend to thrive where you live.
  • Enlist help. Invite family or friends to contribute to your garden – kids are often more willing to eat vegetables they have grown themselves – or check out local community gardens. You can quickly double your expertise when you engage others in your planting and growing efforts.
  • Keep it simple. You can consult with a local nursery center to determine the best options for your garden. Peppers, tomatoes, basil, onions and chard as well as sunflowers and dahlias are often great starter choices. You can always expand in the future.
  • Gear up. A shovel and gardening gloves are good tools to have on hand. Garden scissors and a small trowel may also come in handy. Perhaps, some knee pads will offer comfort when you are digging in the dirt, planting seeds and tending to the garden.
  • Water and weed. You will not need to dig into the soil every day, but pay attention to how your garden is looking and growing. Ensure plants are watered regularly and that weeds are removed at least weekly. A little maintenance can go a long way towards creating an attractive and functional garden.

Finally, you can always consult with local experts at the growing number of farmer’s markets, nurseries or gardening groups. Many of these green thumbs would love the chance to share their passion with you and offer more tips on growing a gorgeous garden this year.

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Do you have a topic suggestion for an article in a future issue of Sims Insights newsletter? We would love to hear from you. Share your ideas here.

 
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.

Generations at Shalom Park

Generations at Shalom Park represents a collaboration between Shalom Park, a culturally Jewish mixed-use development in the Charlotte, North Carolina metro area, and Aldersgate Life Plan Services, Inc., a well-established Charlotte-based non-profit Methodist organization currently operating an existing life plan community and home care agency.

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