Here are the answers to some of your questions:
Question: What is the status of the use of the Rainy Day Fund during the pandemic?
Answer: The State Economic Stabilization Fund – or Rainy Day Fund – was created after the oil bust of the late 1980s. It's meant to be an "emergency piggy bank" in an economic crisis. There's about $10 billion in it today.
The legislature has to approve any withdrawals, and lawmakers don't meet until January of next year. Some lawmakers say we might need to tap into the fund for budget shortfalls, but don't expect it to be used for a stimulus payment.
Question: If we become infected with COVID-19, how do we protect our pets from becoming infected?
Answer: There's a chance the virus can spread from people to animals, but the risk is considered to be low.
The CDC says we should treat pets like human family members and if, someone becomes sick, isolate that person from everyone else in the home – including pets.
Also, don't let pets interact with people outside your household.
Question: Are all hand sanitizers safe?
Answer: They are not. The FDA warns of hand sanitizers containing ethanol or ethyl alcohol.
Some have also tested positive for methanol – or wood alcohol – which can be toxic when absorbed through the skin.
The FDA has a list of 75 hand sanitizers it says you should avoid. Some of those have been recalled.
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