There are a few things that we should know about during this time of heightened sense of fear. We must continue to do what we know to do to avoid sickness, stay informed, but not overtly sensitive, and most of all be prepared. We must not allow information overload to crowd our sensibilities and send us into panic mode.
In light of all the news swarming around on the news, social media, and the internet, understand that you must stay focused. Some things we already know to do in case of illness or emergencies. The first thing we must follow is sanitation practices.
There are three processes for avoiding the common cold and blood born diseases which are sanitizing, disinfection, and sterilization. The two that are the most important for us is sanitation and disinfection. Sanitation is when you clean any visible signs of debris. Disinfection is when you are taking cleaning to the next level. Disinfection requires using cleaning supplies (outside of hot water and soap), such as Lysol, Bleach, etc. to kill pathogens. Sterilization is a level of medical cleaning requiring processes that the average person does not have access to use.
The second thing to know is to be informed, but do not allow the information to control you. You should take advantage of the information in the aspect of staying updated of what is going on. Making sure you are not going places or doing things that would put you or other people in risk of exposure to Corona Virus (COVID-19).
Thirdly, be prepared. Go shopping for you and your family’s basic needs for at least a month. Do not go to your local store and buy out the whole shelf and not leave any for others. Make sure you are secure in your apartment or home. If you have to be there for a long period of time without leaving, you need certain things to function on a daily basis.
Overall, stay calm and focused. This is not the first outbreak and it probably will not be the last, however, how you deal with the situation is key. Remember we are in this together. If you have resources that you can share by all means, please share. To reiterate, the three reasons why you should not be afraid of Corona Virus (COVID-19) are the facts that one, you are following proper sanitation and disinfection processes. Two, you are aware of what is going on, but not hypersensitive to the news. Three, you are prepared for you and your family to be isolated for at least a month.
Resources: CDC, World Health Organization, OSHA