Mar 11 2020
Things to do in case of a Pandemic: What to buy? Things to Do! Places to avoid!
The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, acknowledging what has seemed clear for some time — the virus will likely spread to all countries on the globe.
Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the situation will worsen.
Things to doIndividuals can take the obvious steps to avoid getting sick, including frequent handwashing, avoiding sick people, and eating well and getting enough sleep. But some factors are outside individual control. The CDC warns, for example, that healthcare systems and hospitals may become overwhelmed if large numbers of people get sick at the same time.
- Stock up on non-perishable foods gradually over the next few weeks.
- Be prepared for two (2) weeks should you become ill.
- Fill prescriptions and stock up over-the-counter medications.
- Don’t wait to fill essential prescriptions.
- Fill prescriptions for an extra month if you’re able.
- Get refills with enough notice so that you do not run out of medication you may need.
- Purchase over-the-counter pain/fever medications.
- Make plans for your children or other dependents in case you may be sick.
- Stock up on supplies for your pets.
- Stock up on cleaning supplies.
- Ensure you have adequate sanitary/hygiene supplies.
- Make preparations within your office. Support each other.
Places to Avoid
What to buy
The US Department of Homeland Security recommends on its website that, before a pandemic strikes, to store a two-week supply of water and food, as well as over-the-counter medications you tend to take.
"Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins," according to the department.
"In general for emergency preparedness, we encourage all households to have an emergency response kit," which could be used during any public health or severe weather emergency, said Jennifer Kertanis, president-elect of the National Association of County and City Health Officials.