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    Updated on Jul 6, 2020. Posted on Jul 6, 2020

    The Best Way To Stay Safe During COVID-19, According To My 93-Year-Old Grandma

    Spoiler alert: It's wearing a mask.

    Perhaps you remember my grandma Lenny, the Trader Joe's enthusiast who is full of life advice and words of wisdom.

    My grandma posing and looking stylish in white jeans and a blue blouse.
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    Unfortunately these days, my grandma isn't shopping at Trader Joe's because due to COVID-19, she's staying home as much as possible.

    My grandmother grocery shopping at Trader Joe's, showing me one of her favorite items, the BBQ-cut salmon.
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    Don't worry though, the rest of my family drops off her favorite T.J's items (creamy tomato soup, BBQ-cut salmon, canned peaches, etc...) along with take-out from her favorite restaurants very often.

    My grandma is, nonetheless, staying happy and healthy during the pandemic. She's mastered the technology of Zooming, she's started gardening, she walks around her neighborhood every day, she celebrated her 93rd birthday, and she met her first great-grandchild. As always, she has some advice for us all.

    My grandmother with a microphone in hand, giving a speech at my wedding.
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    My grandmother standing outside her home in a beach hat and mask.
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    For your own safety and the safety of everyone else around you, please put on your mask in public. It isn't that big of a deal, and you can clearly look stylish while wearing it.

    My grandmother sitting in her garage with visitors wearing a mask, a hat, and sunglasses.
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    My grandmother wears a mask whenever she isn't alone because she worries she could be an asymptomatic carrier. Given that she's 93, this seems highly unlikely! But any of us could be spreading the virus without even realizing it.

    My grandmother holding her great grandson for the first time, wearing a mask!
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    So if you won't listen to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, maybe you'll listen to my wonderful grandma.

    Do yourself and everyone else a favor by wearing a mask whenever you're in public.

    My grandma sitting in a chair in her garage wearing a mask.
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    Want to learn more? Here is a ton of info about how to properly wear a mask, disinfect it, and even make your own DIY mask at home.

    Oh, and here are 19 great places to buy a nonmedical mask online.

    Five colorful vintage-print masks from Anthropoogie.
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    Stay safe and stay well, and remember that masks are not a substitute for social distancing and washing your hands. Read the CDC's full recommendations and protocols for face coverings here.