TomCat96 wrote: ↑Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:56 pm
We have a number of threads on Coronavirus, but I want this one to specifically focus on consumer issues and how you are preparing.
The way I see it, risk of infection is not the same as risk of quarantine; or to put things even more broadly, risk of weathering the effects of quarantine. I do not need to be exposed to be quarantined, I don't even need to be around people who are exposed. All that need happen is that I be around people who are suspected of being exposed.
In the same vein, one does not need to be hit by a hurricane to weather shortages in supplies.
My prep so far:
1. Stocking up on disposable N95 masks. Easier said than done.
2. Stocking up on all non-perishable consumables. (Lotion, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, etc)
3. Stocking up on long lasting consumables. Rice, Oatmeal, water, cereal, peanut butter, wine, dried meats, oil & spices, beans.
What if anything are you doing to prepare?
Additional things I am doing.
-Moving up doctors appointments and lab tests. I tend to procrastinate on my checkups anyways.
-Picking up extra HEPA air filters.
Our supplies are tailored to meet the needs of our most vulnerable family member, someone who is over 65 and has a significant auto- immune disorder. If we were in our 20s and had young children, we would have extra food and water, medications, cleaning supplies, etc on hand.. We already wash our hands regularly...and often. It we’d consider our risk of death low,
Given our situation, we’ve gone beyond the above steps. We not only have food, water, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, batteries, extra medications, etc..,but have purchased:
1. Disposable gloves
2. Shoe covers
3. Masks ( mostly for the vulnerable family member) .
4. Soaps and shampoos that can be used without getting out of bed.
5. Disposable thermometer covers
6. Hair covers ( disposable)
7. Hospital quality Goggles to protect eyes ( vulnerable to infection)
8.Hand sanitizer and portable hand sanitizer wipes.
9. Disposable clothing. .
20. Extra HEPA air filters for our bedroom air purifier ( no illusions that the purifier will stop the virus but we use it already and it helps with allergies, etc. )
We have no illusions that we can seal ourselves off from risk. We can perhaps lower it. A major concern is whether urgent care will be needed For the host of possible complications the family member has endure and could face in coming months.We would them need to weigh the risks of going to a hospital or doctors office if the virus has become rampant
..or stay home and take a wait and see approach.
Not asking for medical advice here, Just noting the element of luck that is inevitable with even the best prep.