We are now going through a grave pandemic situation across the globe. Epicenter of this pandemic has shifted from China to Europe now and USA has already declared a national emergency. Covid-19 cases are being confirmed at an alarming rate. Do you have the pandemic preparedness plan ready with you? Are you ready to protect your family from an infectious disease crisis?
What is pandemic?
A pandemic is a global outbreak of disease. Pandemics happen when a new virus emerges to infect people and can spread between people sustainably. Because there is little to no per-existing immunity against the new virus, it spreads worldwide.
COVID-19 is termed as pandemic by World Health Organization on March 11.It is spreading across the globe like rapid fire. Every single minute new cases are being reported worldwide.
Everyone is worried and scared. Necessities are going out of stock from Walmart, Costco leave alone small mom and pop shops. Hence you should be very much prepared for any kind of adverse situation.
Following are some of the Dos and Don’ts to take preventive measure against this virus.
- Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
- Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze
- Avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell
- Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell
- Touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean
- Come in contact with someone who has the symptom
- Go to malls,movie theaters , restaurants or on holidays
- Wear a mask unless you are sick
Additionally, what all measures you can take to stop the spread of this virus.
With the current situation, you might have to pay higher premium to order masks. Its going out of stock from every drug store, home supply stores.
Follow the guidelines from WHO on when and how to use a mask.
I went to a variety of stores and have seen many of the common cold and flu items out of stock and no masks anywhere to be found. This is not only for medicines but applicable for any basic amenities.
Current environment has led to panic buying which is common in any kind of emergency. This leads to imbalance between supply and demand. In these kinds of situations, it is quite natural to get into a panic mode but on the contrary by being prepared you will not panic as you would be prepared with the wherewithal’s to get ready and come out of the situation.
This is applicable for food items too. What are the best foods to stockpile when you are getting stuck at home? Consider the needs of the family and store what may be absolutely essentials rather than on binge shopping and most important of all do not overbuy, stock for at-least 2 weeks and remember there are other mouths to feed also.
Following is a list of some of the important food as well as non-food items that you might considering storing in these kinds of situations including those for the kids.
- Grains (wheat, rice, corn, rolled oats, pasta)
- Beans and legumes
- Dairy Milk , Non Dairy Milk , Powdered Milk
- Cooking oil
- Nutrition Bars
- Prescribed medicines
- Cleansing materials (alcohol, chlorine)
- Flashlight and/or candles
- Batteries (if you want to save money on batteries from long terms perspective , click here how you can bring old batteries to life again)
- Bio-hazard Disposable bags
- Tissues, toilet paper
- Disposable safety gloves
- Cough Drops
- Cough Syrups
- Tooth Brushes and Toothpaste
- First Aid Kits
- Nasal Spray
- Vitamins & Supplements
Pandemic Preparedness Plan
Taking a cue from this pandemic situation, I come across a thorough and well-defined checklist for disaster preparedness. It will teach you:
- Food: How to find, store and cook
- Water: We will help you find, purify and store it
- Health: Tips on how to stay healthy and avoid infection
- Energy: How to reduce usage, store and harness natural resources
It will guide you and your family to be well prepared for any pandemic threat.
I am not a doctor or medical specialist. Seeing the current situation, I thought of providing some relevant information to you for you to be prepared for the unexpected.
Don’t panic , stay calm , maintain social distance and use your judgement before venturing out of the house.
Please read this book below from prize winning science journalist Sonia Shah who presents a startling examination of the history of viral infections that have ravaged humanity―and how that knowledge prepares us to stop the next worldwide outbreak.