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Independent Retirement Group

Hello Friends,

Please review the following article from Vicki Wartman, RN who recently joined our staff as Client and Community Relations Director. We understand that you are inundated with information regarding the pandemic yet wanted you to hear from us as trusted Advisors. We are committed to helping in any way we can to support our clients and our communities.

We remain steadfast in our monitoring of your assets, holdings and policies. Those of you with assets under management have received check in phone calls, text and/or email updates as well as scheduled phone appointments to discuss your investments.

As always, we stay true to our holistic planning process and in times like these we are privileged to say that our clients may not be as negatively impacted as opposed to others. With our WealthGuard® precautions and utilization of fixed contracts, we do not time the markets but urge our clients to have a healthy above the line (Red/At Risk/Paper Asset) and below the line (Green/Additional Safety/Real Wealth) ratio.

Please bear with us as we attempt to return all phone calls and plan to do so within a 24-hour period as some of our staff will be working from home during this time. We will also proactively take any future precautions to keep our staff and clients safe.

Max Verkuilen, CLTC President, Independent Retirement Group

Leslie Verkuilen, CLTC President, InPower Investments & Wealth Strategies

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is Here

As a Registered Nurse, I have been advised by physician colleagues to share what we know to be best practices to try and contain the virus as best we can.

How did we get here? It is believed that this was a virus found in animals in China that made a “species jump” to humans, similar to what we have seen with other viruses in the past. The thing to remember here is that, as far as we know, no human has developed antibodies in their immune system to fight this disease as it is new to the human species. Hence, the high infection rates. Since travel has become the lifestyle in most parts of the world, this is how the disease is spreading to all parts of the planet.

Current numbers suggest that approximately 80% of the people who come down with the virus will experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover fully without any problem. It’s the other 20% we are trying desperately to protect from this virus.

For people at high risk, COVID-19 can cause them to develop ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome) which can result in a life-threatening inability to breathe and properly exchange gases in their lungs. Many of those may require a respirator and a hospital bed in a critical care unit. That is the problem. If too many develop severe illness at one time, we do not have enough hospital beds, respirators or medical personnel to care for all of these patients at the same time. You can see this happening in places like Italy currently. If we are filling up our emergency rooms and hospitals with COVID-19 patients, where do we treat the heart attack, stroke, and those needing emergency surgeries? This is what we are trying to prevent by asking you to limit your contact with the outside world to try to “slow the curve” of this disease spread. This is the reason the CDC is asking us all to limit our contact with others to prevent spreading the disease to these 20% at high risk.

What are the symptoms? Symptoms are typically showing up approximately four days after contracting the virus. Fever over 99.6 degrees Fahrenheit, cough and sore throat. If you experience these symptoms, CALL YOUR DOCTOR FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS!! If you are having chest pain, difficulty breathing, etc. get to the nearest emergency room or call 911.

How is this transmitted? Through personal contact, touch. It is mostly airborne which means just breathing can expose you to the virus in the air. Picture the sun shining brightly into your living room window. Do you see all those particles floating in the air? That is how the virus would look if you could see it. I do, however, recommend you continue to breathe, as not breathing will also cause a bad outcome (a little humor).

Who is at risk? Everyone. As stated above, most of us will be fine if we contract the virus. Those at higher risk are 1) the elderly (anyone over 60); and 2) those people with underlying health conditions such as cancer, kidney disease, asthma, COPD, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, weakened immune systems, to name a few. You know who you are!

What can you do? If you are in the high- risk group, STAY HOME AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE TO LIMIT CONTACT WITH PEOPLE WHO MAY BE CARRYING THE VIRUS (they may be asymptomatic and not even know they have it).

Wash your hands, frequently and for at least 20 seconds of soaping and washing, then rinse in addition to the 20 seconds. A good way to time it is to sing Happy Birthday to yourself, twice. Do NOT touch the faucet after you have washed and rinsed without using a paper towel or some type of barrier because you will recontaminate your hands!

Use hand sanitizer when soap and running water are not readily available. Must be at least 60% alcohol to be effective.

If you must go out, take sanitizing wipes with you and use on shopping carts, doorknobs, to pull out chairs, elevator buttons; basically, anything you touch. We are still unclear about how long this virus lives on objects.

If you are out in a public place, try to stay six to ten feet away from others. No handshaking or fist bumping. Maybe for now just a smile or small wave will have to do to greet others.

Let’s save the masks and gloves for those who are in great need and for the brave medical providers who are caring for the ill in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, etc.

If you know of someone who may be in the 20% most vulnerable group, reach out to them to see if you can help with errands or grocery shopping or maybe just to visit on the phone for a minute or two to prevent them feeing too isolated during this time.

If we all do what we are asked, maybe we can stem the spread somewhat, but it is here, and we must do the best we can to get through this. This is something new for most of us. Please don’t panic, just use common sense and please refer to the guidance from the CDC (Center for Disease Control). Do not believe everything you see on the internet. There is a lot of false information out there, don’t fall victim to the hype or any scams that are popping up. Please get your information from reliable sources:

Your Local or State Department of Health --- or---

Remember: If you are among the 80%, it’s not about you—it's about them (the 20%).

This is a YouTube video I found to be very informative:


Vicki Wartman, RN

Client & Community Relations Director

InPower Investments & Wealth Strategies and Independent Retirement Group

1760 American Dr.

Neenah, WI 54956


These are recommendations from local, state and national health agencies. This information is not intended to replace medical advice from your doctor. Please contact your health care provider with any questions or symptoms you may have. Independent Retirement Group and InPower Investments & Wealth Strategies do not offer medical advice.

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