I think it is safe to say that everyone knows about the Corona Virus or as it is now officially known as COVID-19. The information is out there but I am uncertain if some people know that while it is widespread, if you are a healthy individual your chances of survival are very good. If you have an an underlying condition such as diabetes, heart failure or a pulmonary disease. Any persons with those conditions have a much harder time to fight off the virus from their bodies. Today on the 29 February 2020 the first U.S. death was reported being caused by COVID-19.
COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the world with reports from Italy, Iran, Iraq, Brazil, the United States, South Korea, North Korea and Japan. People have started to purchase N95 face masks, hand sanitizers and other disinfectants throughout the country, leading to widespread shortages. These shortages have also begun to impact the availability of these products for the front line health care workers.
If you have tried to search for face masks on Amazon, you will find that it is either sold out or the price has been raised to more than one hundred percent of what it was last week. If people are worried about catching COVID-19 the most popular option is thoroughly wash your hands with warm soapy water for twenty or more seconds and dry them completely.
In New York City, the subway is primary means of transportation for many, but it will also be the easiest way to contract COVID-19 when the infection becomes wide spread. Earlier this week NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio stated that there were 1200 beds ready to care for the sick. When I heard that only 1200
beds available in a city of over 8 million, I knew that this will not be good.
If the government of New York City does not have the capability to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak on a widespread basis, then what can an individual do to keep themselves safe and prepare? The first thing is find out what your risks really are. If you are in good health and physical shape, you will probably survive contracting the virus. If you are not then it's time for precautions.
One of the first things to do is, stock up on any prescription medications that you may need. Get an appointment to your doctor and try to get all prescriptions refilled. The more days your insurance company can offer, take advantage of them. The next step is watch your diet. If you have to, speak to a nutritionist and modify your diet to include plenty of rest, water, exercise and a proper well balanced diet. Eating a few fast food meals will not do your body any good. If you feel like having a fast food meal, remember that it could literally mean the difference between life and death.
If you have started to eat healthy and exercise, now we can move onto what many people consider prepping. This is where an individual will store food and other supplies in the event of a disaster or other event that would disrupt normal day to day life. The first thing you need to decide is how many times a day you would like to eat and for how many people. This will allow you to decide how much food to buy. The next step is deciding what type of food you want to stock up on for what could be a few weeks of a quarantine.
If you have a family of four, they would need three meals a day for 30 days for 360 meals a month. If you want to keep the costs down you can do so by purchasing large quantities of food in bulk. That can be obtained from wholesale food clubs such as Costco or BJ's Wholesale club. When you do purchase enough food for one to two months of quarantine, do so prior to the rush that would start when a quarantine is issued. It is always better to make your food choices when you can and not have to buy what remains in the stores?
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