Updated: Mar 14, 2020
Preparation with Coronavirus on the verge of Pandemic
Pandemic can be an intimidating word. By definition “(of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world”. Pandemics are something that come up over and over again when filing through people’s doomsday scenarios. Well what we are witnessing right now “could” be the beginning of just that. Now the word pandemic describes how widespread and rapidly a disease or illness is spread not its level of deadliness but watching this epidemic grow and spread should get your attention. There have been approximately 2,362 deaths worldwide and 77,930 people infected according to news sources. 21,290 people have successfully recovered from the virus. It has been reported in 32 countries however most of these cases have all been located in mainland China. Symptoms of the illness include cough, fever, and shortness of breath. This can make it hard to diagnose as the symptoms don’t appear much different then a common cold, being spread in the same manner as the cold or the flu. I’m going to keep my eye on this one as I suggest you do the same.
First and foremost, let’s talk prevention. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I may sound like your grade schoolteacher but it’s important. It’s already cold and flu season where I live and its best to use good everyday hygiene habits to limit the spread of germs and spread of infection.
Wash your hands with soap and water often.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
If you are sick keep your distance from other people to avoid getting them sick.
Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.This is important for everyday life not just in the face of widespread illness.
Now, if you think your going to be able to walk out and pickup supplies when an outbreak hits close to home you are mistaken. Being prepared means having supplies or tools readily available not running out at 5am fighting your neighbors for the last bottle of water at your local grocery store. In the case of a pandemic the items listed below can be the difference between your survival or demise.
Soaps, sanitizers, and disinfectants.
Chemical liquids or wipes that can destroy bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
Anti-septic wipes to disinfect skin
Nitrile exam gloves. In case you must care for or be around someone sick.
Stops the spread of infectious disease by blocking the face. These will also remind you to not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Blocks contaminated droplets from entering the eyes.
Drop cloths and duct tape
In the case you need to create a quarantine zone
Stock up on the essentials, pain relief, fever reducers, anti-diarrhea medication, cough suppressants. These items could be hard to find in the face of a pandemic.