Wash your hands. Avoid large gatherings. Try not to touch your face. And, hmm, there was one more thing … Oh yeah, stop the damn lies. While the Trump administration is properly warning people to avoid touching their faces, the president’s running commentary makes it almost impossible not to face palm several times a day. (I love the smell of facepalm in the morning…) There’s been questioning of WHO numbers based on a hunch, attacks on current political opponents and those from presidencies past, and the truly damaging suggestion that, “We have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better, just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work, some of them go to work, but they get better.” There are negatives (more cases, more deaths, a lack of tests, the threat to the elderly, the economy, and what used to be the glory of your stock portfolio), and there are some positives (numbers that seem to be going down in China and South Korea). Here’s the latest from ABC. When it comes to fighting coronavirus, we need to remember, we’re all in this together. (But stay the hell away from me.)

+ “There will be a notable omission when Vice President Mike Pence visits Seattle Thursday as part of the Trump administration’s coronavirus response: health secretary Alex Azar.”

+ “At least one California passenger has died since disembarking from the Grand Princess last month in San Francisco. The ship was scheduled to return to San Francisco again Wednesday, but it’s been held offshore, where authorities plan to check on a reported 10 crew members and 11 passengers with symptoms of the virus. ‘I found out from CNN,’ said a person currently on the ship.'” (Even without illness, being stuck on a cruise ship watching cable news is a fate I wouldn’t wish on anyone…) LA Times: On Grand Princess, confusion, missteps reigned as coronavirus spread, passengers say.

+ Seattle is gradually locking things down. Is this a preview of what we’ll be seeing across the country? Northshore School District closes all schools for coronavirus concerns.

+ The Northshore School District is hardly alone. NYT: Nearly 300 Million Children Are Missing Class. “The speed and scale of the educational tumult … has little parallel in modern history.”

+ I’m hearing of a lot more Bay Area companies that are planning to tell their employees to stay home as cases continue to pop up. On the plus side, as Ian Bogost explains, being holed up at home has never been more pleasant. “Netflix has already fused us to our couches. For years, contemporary society has been bracing, and even longing, for quarantine.”

+ “Hong Kong authorities on Wednesday updated their reports on the lone dog that appears to have a low-grade infection from coronavirus, saying it’s likely a case of a human transmitting it to the dog.” NYT: Coronavirus and Your Dog: No Need to Panic Yet. (Now my support animal needs a support animal…)