Coronavirus: Everything you need to know to be prepared

COVID-19 or the Coronavirus Disease has claimed the first few lives of Americans, and all of us are beginning to feel worried. CDC Guideline. However, with preparation and factual information, we can all be in the best situations to protect our co-workers, friends, and family from the virus.

Corona Virus Checklist

 

Coronavirus Checklist

The latest information is that the Coronavirus can incubate and spread for 14 days.  Prepare to get by for at least two weeks with the materials you have in your home.  In a worst-case scenario, you may be unable to get to a store, or the stores may have limited supplies for weeks.  Public services like water, garbage, and electricity may be disrupted.  Keeping the supplies below on hand can also be useful in other types of situations, such as natural disasters and power outages.

 

 

14 days of non-perishable food:

  • Canned meats and chilis
  • Canned beans, soups, fruits and vegetables
  • Cereal or protein bars
  • Dried fruit
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Crackers
  • Assorted nuts
  • Juice
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and tea
  • Comfort food: candy, cookies
  • Baby formula or jarred baby food
     

14 days of medical supplies:

  • Extra supply of any prescription medication (you may have to pay out of pocket)
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Soap
  • Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen
  • Diarrhea remedy
  • Throat lozenges
  • Cough syrup
  • Thermometers
  • Vitamins
  • Fluids with electrolytes
     

14 days of general emergency supplies:

  • Disposable diapers
  • Pet food
  • Feminine supplies
  • Portable radio
  • Batteries for flashlights, radios, thermometers, games
  • Manual can opener
  • Garbage bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Entertainment
  • $200 - $500 in cash
  • Copies of all Personally Identifiable Information
    • Birth certificates
    • Social security cards
    • Passports
    • Health insurance cards

 

Coronavirus Symptoms

According to the CDC.gov, symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. 

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

 

Coronavirus Prevention & Treatment

According to CDC.gov, there is currently no vaccine that can prevent COVID-19.  Avoiding being exposed to the virus is the best way not to contract the illness.  The following preventive actions can help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:

  • If someone is sick, avoid close contact
  • Limit contact with your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • If you are sick, stay home
  • Use a tissue to cover a sneeze or cough, then dispose of the tissue
  • Disinfect objects and surfaces often
  • For at least 20 seconds, wash your hands often with soap and water

 

Being Prepared with Life Insurance

If you have any family members that depend on you, now is the time to make sure you are prepared for them to be taken care of in a worst-case scenario.  You will never be healthier than you are today, and if you make a payment with the application, you have coverage during the underwriting period.  Read more about “What is Life Insurance” and request a proposal today.

 

Be Safe, Look Out For Each Other

If you are feeling nervous at all about the possibility of Coronavirus becoming a more significant issue for Americans, know the more prepared you are, the better situated you and your family will be.