Health experts say it’s wise to prepare for a wider spread of coronavirus. But people shouldn’t panic or hoard large amounts of supplies, they stress.
So what should you do?
Useful steps must be taken for any emergency, such as severe weather and can help get you and your family ready in case you need to hunker down.
TALK AND PLAN
Start by talking with family members about how to take care of each other, discuss emergency preparations with neighbours and investigate resources such as food and meal delivery services.
Get copies of any health records you may need.
FOOD AND WATER
How much food should you have on hand? The advice varies. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommends two weeks and Harvard University experts suggest two weeks to 30 days.
That means nonperishable and ready-to-eat foods. Consider special needs such as allergies, medical conditions such as diabetes, babies who might need ready-to-feed formula and toddlers who might need shelf-stable milk.
Don’t forget about pets.
Having a three-month supply of important medications, such as those for diabetes and high blood pressure. Don’t forget other health supplies such as over-the-counter pain relievers and stomach remedies.
Clean things that are touched a lot – countertops, light switches, doorknobs, cabinet handles – daily using ordinary detergent and water.
We do stress that there is no need to panic, as the Ministry of Public Health in Qatar is doing their best to keep us safe and handle the current situation. However, its always good to stay prepared.
Source: Peninsula Qatar