How to properly prepare for a coronavirus quarantine

Health

Again, it’s not time to panic. We just want to keep the vulnerable populations as safe as possible.

Tracy Austin, Executive Director of Red Cross of the Permian Basin

Coronavirus is still not in the Permian Basin, but it is still a good idea to prepare for it. Many stores across the Basin have been sacked of essentials.

Anything you need on a regular basis … you should have a 30 day supply of.

Tracy Austin, Executive Director of Red Cross of the Permian Basin

Hoarding is becoming an issue across the country. The CDC says to only buy essentials like foods, soaps/sanitizers, detergent, diapers, formula, baby wipes, shampoo/conditioner, hygiene products, and others listed online for 2 to 4 weeks. Medicines are also important to stock up on. Many medicines ingested by Americans are made in China.

This is not a panic situation… this is just for if you need to be home for 2 weeks.

Tracy Austin, Executive Director of Red Cross of the Permian Basin

The CDC says getting your flu shot can help them out. While it will not help with immunization of COVID-19, it can reduce the number of people in hospital beds receiving treatment and free more resources to deal with a patient carrying coronavirus.

Avoiding social interactions is also suggested. Many states have already banned the gatherings of 250 people or more. Texas is not one of those states yet. They also say to not touch your face.

Adequate handwashing is also pertinent. The CDC recommends at least 20 seconds of scrubbing. Songs like “Staying Alive”, “Happy Birthday”, and “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac have choruses that are easy to remember, and perfect timing for cleanliness.

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