It's natural to feel anxious in a time of a world pandemic like COVID-19. The best course of action in these panic-inducing times is to take a deep breath, evaluate your home and safety procedures, and take action to adjust your daily life to ensure you and your loved ones stay healthy.
Keeping Safe During a Pandemic
A very effective way to deal with a crisis is to evaluate your current situation and where you can make improvements. Learning about which supplies you will need and even how to make your own if the stores are all sold out is vital to fighting off pathogens that can make you sick.
Supplies to Have
Creating a checklist of things you need to do and supplies you will need can help you focus on both short-term and long-term needs. This can include making a checklist for items you'll need during a quarantine and a list of survival supplies you'll need to stockpile for now and the future.
Safe Cleaning and Disinfecting
It's critically important to make sure you are using the right cleaning and disinfecting supplies, as well as using them correctly. Viruses like COVID-19 can survive for some time on surfaces, and if you don't clean often and with a proper disinfectant, you will leave yourself and your family susceptible to harmful germs and bacteria. Make sure you replace old supplies, like expired hand sanitzer, so you can stay healthy.
Staying Safe in Public
While some of us can stay home and shelter in place, others will need to go out in public to perform their jobs and to shop for supplies. Observing the criteria set forth by public health officials is vitally important. You can practice safe interaction at the workplace by avoiding handshakes, washing your hands often, and performing regular cleanings on often-used surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, and more. If you're required to travel, keeping a distance of at least six feet, avoiding large gatherings, using face masks and keeping hand sanitizer are some of the many ways you can stay safe.
When something as scary as a pandemic occurs, people may begin hoarding supplies. When that happens, you may need to make your own supplies to stay safe. For example, having a list of toilet paper alternatives, and supplies to make them, is helpful. Similarly, you may want to know how to make your own hand sanitzer if the store runs out.
Don't Panic in a Pandemic
Anxiety is at an all-time high due to coronavirus, but the best thing you can do for yourself is to focus on action steps you can take to stay safe in a pandemic. Follow the guidance of public health officials, create a daily action plan with checklists, and make sure you're well-stocked with cleaning, safety and food supplies. Most of all, stay positive!