If you pay attention to the headlines, the novel COVID-19 coronavirus is gunning for us all.
What started in China has taken root in parts of Europe, the Middle East and South Asia in a major way.
And the CDC says it’s just a matter of time before we start seeing major blooms of coronavirus here in the U.S.
Here’s the thing… We’ve all been down this road before.
The bird flu was predicted to decimate a huge percentage of the population…
Then the swine flu reached pandemic status a decade ago. Even though it’s estimated that as much as 21% of the global population contracted the virus, it wasn’t nearly as deadly as anticipated…
It had a mortality rate of somewhere between 0.01% and 0.08%.
The coronavirus does appear to have a slightly higher mortality rate at this point. But it varies wildly depending on age, gender, preexisting medical conditions and location of the patient.
Contracting the coronavirus in Iran is a much deadlier proposition than getting it anywhere else in the world.
Nonetheless, the coronavirus hit a major milestone when the first U.S. citizen who had not traveled to China tested positive for it.
It’s making moves, which is why it’s a good idea to prepare for the worst – even if it doesn’t materialize in the way some are predicting.
Ahead of the Crowd
Getting ahead of the crowd will help give you peace of mind and eliminate some of the stress created by the 24-hour news cycle.
So grab yourself a duffle bag, fill it with your necessities and put it in a closet… just in case.
Here’s a list of things that could be unavailable in the case of a serious pandemic that you don’t want to run out of…
- Prescription medications
- Over-the-counter fever and pain medications
- Toilet paper and tissues
- Hand sanitizer.
In the event that the coronavirus starts disrupting the availability of medical supplies, the food supply could be next.
If this happens, again, you want to be ahead of the curve.
Stock up on nonperishable food items and some vitamins in case a food shortage limits the variety of your diet.
A properly stocked pantry should include…
- Grains, beans and lentils for ease of preparation and variety of cooking options.
- Canned vegetables and fruits (tomatoes, green beans, corn, etc.), which have a long shelf life.
- Tins of fish as a good source of long-lasting protein.
- Extra meat for freezing and an additional source of protein.
- Dried fruits and nuts for variety in the diet.
- A fresh supply of water for hydration.
- Some sweet treats like chocolate to keep spirits up.
The benefit of having a properly stocked kitchen is twofold.
You’ll not only be prepared for the worst-case-scenario but also limit your exposure to the virus by not having to go out and buy groceries as often should the virus start spreading more aggressively.
Does the coronavirus have the potential to reach pandemic status? Absolutely.
But we’re far from that point.
This isn’t a time to panic. It’s a time to prepare.
Because things will be much worse if we’re taken by surprise.
And when this all peters out, we’ll already be prepared for the next scary crisis.