Alicia Victoria Lozano NBC NewsMarch 4, 2020, 10:21 AM CST
SEATTLE — It’s not her birthday for another month, but Ruby Francisco has been singing “Happy Birthday” a lot lately.
She does it every time she washes her hands.
“That’s what they said to do,” said Francisco, who owns a jewelry store here. “I tell my grandchildren to sing when they wash their hands so they do it right.”
This is life in the age of the coronavirus: sifting through rumors, feverishly following updates and doing whatever it takes to avoid the virus, which has infected more than 89,000 people worldwide and killed more than 3,100 of them.
In Seattle, bracing for the coronavirus also means preparing for what could be a devastating economic impact. Business owners and residents have already seen a drop-off in tourists in areas of the city that heavily depend on foot traffic.