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Janney answers: “I think it’s vitally important that we flatten the curve because we don’t want to overburden medical facilities. That’s number 1.”
“What I’m personally doing is staying home as much as possible. I’m being vigilant about washing my hands. And soap is all you need. That’s the first line of defense. If your hands are as dry and cracked as mine do, you’re probably doing the right thing. So keep doin’ it.”
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She also gives advice on staying in touch. “Make sure you reach out to friends. Make at least three to four calls a day. If you have an elderly neighbor, reach out to them, see if you can help with groceries. Anything you can do to help those that are in need, or more need than you are at this time.”
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The short talk takes a somber turn when she admits “Everyone is struggling. It’s a scary and very lonely time.” Janey offers some hope and practical advice too. “I think we have to focus on what we can do instead of what we can’t do. So for instance, I am keeping up with my meditation practice. I think it’s a great thing to do. If you’ve never done it, it might be very helpful during this time.”
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The video ends with #InThisTogetherOhio. It ties in with Gov. Dewine's new "Together Ohio" campaign. His administration has added this new section to Ohio's coronavirus website. Ohio residents are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org to send the state information about supplies they want to donate, or other ways they can help.
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It’s not surprising that Janney would want to comfort the Dayton community. Even though she’s become hugely successful in her acting career, she’s remained connected with her roots here. When she became the first Daytonian to win an Oscar, her father said, “She loves Dayton and always talks about all the support it gives her.”
Janney is best known for her roles on "Mom," "The West Wing" and "Masters of Sex" and "I, Tonya." Janney graduated from the Miami Valley School. Janney earned the Oscar for her role as LaVona Harding, figure skater Tonya Harding's chain-smoking, abusive mother in the dramatic dark comedy "I, Tonya."
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