Like most people right now, you’re probably wondering how to prepare for a pandemic. Coronavirus is here, and the World Health Organization has officially called it a pandemic. The virus is spreading in over 100 countries and has reportedly claimed thousands of lives
Currently, home quarantines and lockdowns are recommended measures to curtail the spread of this virus. You would have to spend more time at home and even work from home.
Choose the necessities
Staying fully prepared for this pandemic means focusing on food, household supplies, water, and prescription medication.
A two-week supply
According to the Department of Homeland Security, you should stock up at least a two-week amount of food during a pandemic like this. Proper self-quarantining means there should be at least a 2-week supply of food and supplies for every member of the family—even the pets.
Dry food stockpile
Your priority should be easy-to-prepare dry foods and canned foods. From oats and beans to pasta and rice, your inventory should consist of food with long shelf life. This includes canned or vacuum-packed products like tuna, beans, tomatoes, and meat. Of course, a can opener is vital in times like this.
Understand that your family’s safety comes first.
Fruits, veggies, meats can be stored in the freezer, and used on a later date.
While they are not essentials, comfort foods, like coffee and chocolate, will keep spirits up as you are holed up at home.
Household hygiene supplies
The American Red Cross says that if you have kids, you should have an amount of food and household supplies—from diapers to laundry detergent.
This translates to getting enough hygienic supplies like soap, toilet paper, feminine care products, hand sanitizer, and diapers.
The CDC recommends that washing your hands thoroughly and consistently is one proven way to protect yourself from the virus.
Medication and medical supplies
If possible, you should get yourself a one-month supply of your prescription medications. Although some prescription drugs have limits you can purchase, your doctor can assist you with preparing and submitting an exception form.
Ensure you have a backup supply of other important/miscellaneous medical supplies, like syringes, hearing-aid batteries (if a family member uses a hearing aid), contact solution, contact lenses, contact glasses
Don’t forget your over-the-counter drugs like cold and cough medicines, pain relievers, vitamins, stomach remedies, and electrolytes.
Keep a first-aid kit
You would need a full first-aid kit to tackle common injuries, especially with children at home. From strains and sprains to cuts, swelling and scrapes, a first aid kit will come to the rescue.
Ensure the kit consists of items like bandages, tweezers, scissors, thermometers, antibiotic ointment, an emergency blanket, and gauze.
If the outbreak is rampant in your region or if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, a facemask is recommended. Facemasks are necessary for healthcare workers who treat coronavirus patients. If you don’t fall into any of these categories, a facemask is not required.
Fortunately, drinking water supply won’t be affected by the pandemic. However, if you live in a region with limited access to clean water. Purchasing a 14-day amount of water is essential. Fortunately, we have products like this, this, and this that cater to water storage, water filtration, and emergency drinking water.
Keep copies of your health records.
Protecting your health is vital during this pandemic. This means you should find and keep copies (as well as electronic versions) of your health records—from pharmacies, hospitals, and doctors.
Deploy this free time to stimulate your mental health during the quarantine. This means watching those movies and reading those books you never had time for. Keep around entertainment items like card games, board games, and books to keep your children active.
Follow preventive measures
Preventive measures, according to the CDC, involve washing your hands often with soap and water. And if you cannot wash your hand at that point, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Proper washing should be done for at least 30 seconds—this includes your thumbs and between your fingers.
Also, resist touching your face—particularly your eyes, mouth, and nose. And while sneezing or coughing, use the inside of your elbow or use a tissue. Never cough into your hands, as this spread the virus quickly through open air and doorknobs.
Social distancing is the norm now. You should start avoiding close contact (at least within 6 feet) with people are sick or sneezing or sneezing. Avoid teeming areas too as much as you can. Crowded spaces are hotspots for the spread of the disease. The greater the number of people around you, the higher the likelihood of being infected. Start avoiding crowded spots like religious centers, sporting events, and swarming public transport.
Furthermore, you should start practicing healthy habits like eating nutritious meals, getting enough sleep, and staying updated with recommended vaccines and flu shots.
During this pandemic, you should stay at home if you are feeling sick or if you have touched someone infected. You can only leave the house to get medical attention on the advice of your doctor.
Even if you feel okay while infected, leaving your house puts others with weaker immune systems at risk.
Talk to your employer
People with limited or no paid sick leave are the most vulnerable. If you fall into this category, speak with your employer for a work-from-home system, or ask your boss to set up a workplace environment that limits your contact with others.
Listen to health officials
Avoid false information peddled on social media and get your information only from verified news sources and certified health officials.
Be cautious and calm
It’s easy to fall into fear and panic during this pandemic. But for the sake of your loved ones, staying calm is crucial. Stock up on the necessities and practice good hygiene to get through this.