What is coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others circulating among animals, including camels, cats and bats.
The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include:
- Shortness of breath
The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.
How can the coronavirus spread?
Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold:
- Through the air by coughing or sneezing;
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it;
- Occasionally, fecal contamination.
How can I help protect myself?
- Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes, and other frequently touched items.
- Contain: if you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.
Should I wear a mask or respirator in public?
The CDC does not recommend wearing masks or respirators outside of workplaces settings (in the community). A respirator is a personal protective device that is worn on the face or head and covers at least the nose and mouth. Most often, spread of respiratory viruses from person-to-person happens among close contacts (within 6 feet). It is important that these devices are readily available to health care workers and others who need them.
Should I cancel my trip to a country with a level 3 travel advisory?
Yes. The CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to countries with a level 3 travel advisory at this time.
Should I cancel my international travel because of novel coronavirus?
The CDC recommends avoiding all nonessential travel to a country with a level 3 travel advisory. For travel advice for other countries, please visit that country’s Destination Page or Travel Health Notices page on the CDC’s website.
What about animals or animal products imported from China?
The CDC does not have evidence to suggest that animals or animal products imported from China pose a risk for spreading COVID-19 in the United States. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) fact sheet – CDC (PDF) – Click Here
- What to do if you are sick with COVID-19 (PDF) – Click Here
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ – Click Here
- Share Facts About COVID-19 –Click Here
What we should get & stock up on:
Coronavirus official preparedness kit:
You can buy digital now avoiding the need to go out into public
- Toilette paper/Paper towels
- First aid kit
- Hand soap
- Hand sanitizer
- Rubber or vinyl gloves
- Flash light with extra batteries
- Bleach spray cleanser (Clorox Bleach)
- Disinfectant wipes
- Clean bottled water
- Warm clothing
- Baby supplies
- Any & all Medications
- Dry & Non Perishable food like can goods & powdered packaged milk
- Candles, matches & lighters
All of which can be found & easily purchased at Walmart.com
(Look out for delivery as well)
Other personal items to avoid going out for a while:
Tooth brush/tooth paste/deodorant/mouth wash/Regular daily items higienal in nature
===> Generator for fall out and power loss also <===
===> Hand radio (Battery powered hand radios) <===
Also remember your pet supplies. You can stock up now at Chewy.com
Send out promptly for items to prevent the immediate need for a trip into public
NEWS FOR TODAY
Many are wondering what is going on and what they should do
- The World Health Organization just officially declared the coronavirus a pandemic.
- The coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China, has killed more than 4,300 people and infected over 121,500 in more than 100 countries.
- As the virus spreads, voluntary or involuntary home quarantines could become more common.
- Hundreds of people in the US and thousands around the world are already living in semi-voluntary home quarantine, and more and more companies are asking employees to work from home.
- If you’re quarantined at home for 2 weeks, there are certain supplies you’ll want to stock up on, including dry and canned goods, household supplies, and a 30-day supply of prescription medications.
The World Health organization has officially declared the coronavirus a pandemic.
The outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China, has now killed more than 4,300 people and infected more than 121,500. As the virus continues to spread, more people may be put under home quarantine or choose to self-isolate at home.
Hundreds of US citizens evacuated from China’s Hubei province, where the outbreak originated, have undergone mandatory 14-day quarantines on military bases across the US. And passengers who were aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has been linked to hundreds of cases of COVID-19, were also placed under a two-week quarantine at Air Force bases in California.
Thousands of others who recently traveled to China are under a 14-day voluntary self-quarantine at home to see whether they develop symptoms, and in New York, at least 4,000 people are being asked to self-isolate at home because they recently traveled to a country with a severe outbreak or had possible contact with an infected patient. More and more companies are encouraging or requiring employees to work from home due to the virus.
The Department of Homeland Security recommends stocking up on a two-week supply of food and water in the event of a pandemic.
In the case of any survival emergency, the American Red Cross recommends keeping a supply of food, water, and household supplies like laundry detergent and diapers if you have small children.
Here’s everything you should have in your home emergency kit in case of a possible home quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Department of Homeland Security, the CDC, American Red Cross, and other experts.
To prepare for a self-quarantine at home during the coronavirus pandemic, you should stock up a 14-day supply of food for every person — and pet — in your household. Focus on dry and canned goods that are easy to prepare.
The US Department of Homeland Security recommends stocking up enough food and water for two weeks before a pandemic strikes.
Dry goods like rice, pasta, beans, and oats should be the foundation of your stockpile, Alyssa Pike, a registered dietitian and manager of nutrition communications at the International Food Information Council, recently told Business Insider.
You should also stock up on canned foods that contain liquid, such as tomatoes, beans, and tuna, according to Pike. The excess liquid can be used to cook dried food like rice and pasta. (Make sure you have a can opener.)
And don’t neglect comforting food items like chocolate and coffee, even if they’re not strictly essential. As Business Insider recently reported, such items can make a big difference in your mental health and morale during a home quarantine.
Make sure you have enough household hygienic products like soap, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, tissues, feminine care products, and diapers.
It may sound simple, but regular and thorough handwashing is one of the best and easiest ways to protect yourself from the coronavirus, according to the CDC.
So remember to include hand soap and sanitizer in your home quarantine kit.
Don’t forget other hygiene items such as toilet paper, tissues, feminine-care products, and diapers if you have small children in the household.
If possible, get a 30-day supply of your prescription medications.
Marguerite Neill, an infectious-disease expert at Brown University, told The New York Times that people should have at least a 30-day supply of their medications.
The US Department of Homeland Security recommends periodically checking your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.
While many prescription drugs have quantity limits, you can ask your doctor to help you submit an exception form.
Maintain a first-aid kit with supplies to treat common injuries.
To be prepared for any kind of emergency, the American Red Cross recommends keeping an at-home first aid kit to treat common injuries, including cuts, scrapes, swelling, sprains, strains and more.
This kit should include things like antibiotic ointment packs, gauze, bandages, thermometers, scissors, tweezers, and an emergency blanket.
Take note of other medical supplies you may need, such as contact lenses, contact solution, hearing-aid batteries, and over-the-counter medicines like pain relievers and cough and cold medicines.
If someone in your home uses a hearing aid, the American Red Cross advises stocking up on extra batteries.
Other miscellaneous medical supplies might include glasses, contact lenses, or syringes.
Over-the-counter medicines you may want to have on hand include pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, vitamins, and fluids that contain electrolytes, according to the American Red Cross.
Federal authorities are advising Americans to skip the face masks, however, as they’re not effective or necessary for the general public. The CDC recommends masks only for select groups: people in a region experiencing an outbreak, healthcare workers treating coronavirus patients, and anyone who experiences flu-like symptoms.
The US Department of Homeland Security advises stocking up a two-week supply of water before a pandemic strikes.
For a 14-day quarantine, you should have access to 14 gallons of water a person.
The American Red Cross recommends keeping one gallon of water per day for every person — or pet — in your household survival kit.
If your water is untreated, you will want to buy water-purification tablets and personal water filters to make it safe to drink, as The Oregonian reported.
You may want to get copies of your health records.
In the event of a pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security recommends getting copies and maintaining electronic versions of health records from doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies.
Don’t forget about your mental health.
Some people under home quarantine told the Associated Press that they’d taken the opportunity to binge Netflix shows and read some books.
In the case of a home quarantine, your mental health should also be taken into account.
Make sure to have entertainment items on hand such as books, board games, and card games. The Red Cross suggests games and activities for children. -Try “Hulu” Today
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Published March 12, 2020
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