The Coronavirus is taking the world by storm….quite literally. The media is no help, simply hyping up the panic that is now setting in.
Even when the voices of reason are telling you to wash your hands and not to panic, everyone is still in panic mode. It seems that there are two kinds of people right now. Those that are freaking out and stockpiling toilet paper and those making fun of them.
There’s a third kind of person though. Let’s be them. Here’s how to start.
Take Coronvirus Seriously
While there have been some hysterical memes, Coronvirus is still a serious issue. It seems to be highly contagious with a surface life of up to 7 days. That’s a long time in the virus world. So consider the fact that while you may not get the Coronavirus, you may carry it to others. We all have older people in our lives as well as those with compromised immune systems. This is why it is incredibly important to wash hands after touching things, especially your face, entering new places, after visits to the bathroom, before and after meals, etc.
If you visit older people or those with compromised immune systems, wash your hands! Don’t touch your face and then them. Be aware!
Prepare for Shortages of Supplies
When authorities say “don’t panic”, the public becomes like a group of preschoolers and does just that. Places all over the world are seeing shortages of toilet paper of all things. What part of “wash your hands” translates to “buy all the toilet paper”? I could almost understand if the Coronavirus cause stomach issues. We should be seeing shortages of hand soap, quite honestly.
Here’s what you should do. Know what your family needs to make life happen. Do you need certain medications, foods, toiletries? Grab a few extras to keep at home in cause of shortages.
Do not become a hoarder. Remember, even if you get Coronavirus, the quarantine time is 2 weeks. I would suggest being prepared for about one month.
Don’t let preparing for this cause you financial difficulties. Often people will panic and buy way more than they actually need, spending more money than they really have. This will pass and life will move on to the next big thing. Don’t miss out on important things later because you spent all your cash on toilet paper.
What DO you need?
Worse case scenario, you are quarantined AND there are limited food and supplies. Be prepared for about one month, two IF you can afford it.
How many people live in your house? Add two to that number. Multiply that by 30 breakfasts,30 lunches, 30 dinners and 30 snacks. That is how much food you want to have. You add 2 just in case you need to help another family member or neighbor.
Create a meal plan. This is not the time to try new things. Plan easy meals that everyone likes. At our house we stick with chicken and rice, pastas, tacos, quesadillas, etc. Breakfasts can be oatmeal, cereals, cream of wheat, grits. Snacks should be protein rich snack such as cheese, peanut butters, etc.
Toilet paper. Sure, you might need an extra couple of packs. You DO NOT need to join a warehouse club in order to get them.
Handsoap is important. If you can’t find the pump bottles at your local stores, try good ol’ Ivory. Or dish soap. If it cleans dishes, it cleans hands.
Unless you plan to wash loads and loads of whites, there is no need for extra bleach. Peroxide is actually a much better alternative to a cleaning solution. Mix a spray bottle of 1/2 peroxide and 1/2 water. Use to clean counters, bathrooms, anywhere you would a bleach mixture.
Games, books, movies, crafts. Things to do. You want to avoid cabin fever as much as you do the Coronoavirus. Make a list of all the things you want to get done around your house. Pull out card and board games. Ensure that your DVD/BlueRay player is in good working order. Check your craft supplies and make a list of anything you might need to complete a craft or project you are working on.
Don’t Forget Your Pets!
No, I haven’t heard about animals getting Coronavirus. But they will want to eat. Grab an extra bag or two of food for your pet. Maybe a special bone or new toy. Got a puppy? Grab some extra puppy pads too.
This is just the beginning. The media will continue to cover this outbreak and it might get scary. Keep calm. Wash your hands, buy ONLY what your family actually needs and continue about your life. Don’t let this pandemic take charge of your life. Just like H1N1, Mad Cow, and all the others, CoVid19 will be part of a “we survived” list circulating FaceBook this time next year.