Coronavirus is a large family of viruses causing illnesses ranging from the common cold to severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). The respiratory disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”), according to cdc.gov and who.int.
As coronavirus has made its path into the United States, it is important to be prepared should there be a coronavirus outbreak in your community. Here are some tips to best prepare your home for a coronavirus outbreak:
- Create a plan of action. Determine who is in your plan of action and discuss the needs of each individual should there be an outbreak in your community.
- According to cdc.gov, data shows that older adults and persons who have underlying chronic medical conditions may be at a greater risk for more serious complications and at risk for serious COVID-19 illness. Make sure your plan includes care for elderly family members.
- Talk to your neighbors and discuss your plan of action should there be an emergency. You may also want to make frequent check-ins to your neighborhood’s website or social media page to get quick updates or current information happening in your community.
- Make a list of aid services in your community. This could mean health care services, support, and resources such as food or supplies. Make the list known and available to your household so every member knows where to go if in need.
- Many have this established already, but create an emergency contact list. This should include a list of family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, health care providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources that could be easily reached should there be an emergency in your household.
- Practice good hygiene. Avoid people who are sick, and if you are sick, stay home and away from the public unless you are seeking medical care. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Wash hands for at least 20 seconds and use a hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol. Clean surfaces frequently with detergent and water, then disinfectant.
- Designate a room for sick family members to keep them from contaminating those in your family who are healthy.
- Have a plan of action if your child’s school or childcare facility closes.
While there is still much to learn about COVID-19, it is important that you take precautions and plan for the worse if there were to be an outbreak in your community. Visit cdc.gov/COVID19 for the latest information and resources regarding coronavirus.
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