An Error & An Apology. I want to apologize to you for the content in last Thursday's VoiceBrew email re. buying movie tickets. Given the ongoing spread of Coronavirus and importance of social distancing, I do not want to encourage any readers to go to the movies. It was a significant error on my part to imply otherwise.

How Did This Oversight Happen? I often write VoiceBrew content in advance in order to ensure high quality, and I wrote last Thursday's email ~2 weeks ago before Coronavirus had spread in the US the way it has. It was a significant oversight on my part to let this email go forward unchanged.
Washing hands with soap and water

Use an Alexa timer to ensure you scrub for 20 seconds

Just say "Alexa, set timer for 20 seconds"

According to the CDC, the right way to wash your hands is to wet them with water, lather with soap and then scrub them together for at least 20 seconds.

A foolproof way to be sure you scrub your hands for the full 20 seconds is to set a 20 second Alexa timer. Once you've wet, soaped and lathered your hands, say "Alexa, set timer for 20 seconds" and then scrub, scrub, scrub! Scrub in between your fingers, scrub your palms, scrub the backs of your hands, scrub under your nails, scrub it all! 

Pro Tip #1: Washing your hands in a room without an Echo speaker? Another way to time 20 seconds is to hum the "Happy Birthday" song to yourself twice.

Pro Tip #2: Using hand sanitizer? You'll also want to scrub for 20 seconds. Once you've squeezed it into the palm of your hand, rub it all over your hands and fingers vigorously for 20 seconds / until it's dry.

Don't Miss This: CDC's Five Steps To Wash Your Hands The Right Way

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap and apply soap
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds (This is where the Alexa timer comes in!)
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them

500 museums you can tour from your couch

I generally like to only include content related to Alexa and voice assistants, but given what's happening in the world, I wanted to share this list of 500 museums you can tour virtually. I think this list provides a great way to mix up your day from the comfort of your home!

Tap/click here to see how to tour museums from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe to MoMA in New York City.
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Katherine Prescott
Founder, VoiceBrew
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