Shepherd Park Plaza resident Jesse Yoburn is already on the radar of his neighbors during the holiday season, when his “Shalom Y’All” sign is a must visit for passersby.
Now, he is getting a lot of attention for a new sign he put out last week. Letters spelling out “Wash Yo’ Hands” are in Yoburn’s front yard with a spotlight for better night viewing.
As Yoburn explains it, he was on a walk with his dog thinking about the COVID-19 pandemic as well as all the measures the City of Houston is taking to limit the spread of the disease. He also realized that his new message would be a pretty close anagram of “Shalom Y’All” – and that he had some extra plywood to make a few extra letters.
“Yo'” was a lot easier to do than “Y’all’s” or “Your,” according to Yoburn. And it is a bit of a match for his own last name.
The sign’s directive, along with its humor, are quickly becoming a hit in the neighborhood – and on social media.
“I’m getting a lot of texts from neighbors,” Yoburn said. “And thumbs up from people walking. It’s even on Reddit.”
The World Health Organization on March 11 declared the outbreak of COVID-19, the upper-respiratory disease caused by the new strain of coronavirus, a pandemic. In an attempt to slow the spread of the disease and prevent a public health crisis for the Houston region, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo has issued a series of recommendations aimed at limiting public gatherings in the community.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.