Coronavirus pandemic – what else can you do to protect yourself?
So by now, you should know the five basic precautions that you need to complete in order to protect yourself from being potentially infected with the Coronavirus (Social Distancing, staying home, washing your hands…a lot, don’t touch your face & wipe down any common surfaces with disinfectant.)
One of the other things you may want to do is be prepared to handle the situation should you or a family get the Coronavirus. It is estimated that at least a third of Americans will get the virus (or more) and while most will only suffer minor symptoms, they could become carriers of the virus and could infect the most vulnerable of our society, the elderly and sick. (But also remember that over 40% of the hospitalized are people in the 24 – 64 years old range!)
So, the first thing you need to do is take an inventory of what you have on hand to help someone who does get the virus. It is recommended that people should have:
- Thermometers (You need to know your temperature to share with your health professional to help them determine if you need to be hospitalized.)
- Cold remedies (Alka Seltzer anyone?)
- Cough medicine and cough drops
- Face masks, goggles & rubber gloves so the infect person doesn’t pass on the virus and to protect their caregivers.
- Humidifiers (humid air is easier for people to breathe if they have lung congestion that you get when you have pneumonia.)
- Hand sanitizer & disinfectant
- Pain relievers (You are definitely going to need these but there is currently a debate going on if you can take NSAIDs like ibuprofen/Aleve or should you only take acetaminophen like Tylenol if infected with Coronavirus. You may want to read up on this issue and decide what is going to work best for you.)
Being prepared is the first step in effectively dealing with the problem and making sure that you or your loved one have the best possible care while they are at home. But what else can you do to protect yourself, your family, your neighbors, and our health workers? Glad you asked!
Well, very conveniently, now that you have your inventory assembled, share it with your neighbors and get them to complete their own inventories of the necessary medical supplies. That way you can share those extra thermometers you have one hand with someone doesn’t have one. You can share your inventory by simply emailing your close neighbors, posting on the subdivision website or simply calling them.
The point being is that you can help make sure everyone has what they need when they need it and that you are doing everything to help mitigate the difficulties should someone get sick with the virus. Seriously, you don’t want someone with the virus or their loved one who might now be a carrier of the virus, being forced to go to the store for cough syrup. (Yes, store delivery is convenient but rarely as quick as you may need something.) Remember all you need to do is put the requested item from your neighbor in a bag and leave by their door… you don’t want to go into their house.
Taking care of your neighbors and your loved ones is one of the best ways to take care of yourself.