How to prepare yourself for the COVID-19 epidemic

Empty shelves. Panic buying. Quarantine procedures and people collapsing in the streets.

No, you’re not witnessing the end of the world or a zombie apocalypse, what you’re seeing are the effects of the Wuhan Coronavirus or COVID-19 that has taken the world by storm.

With nearly 100,000 cases and an ever-increasing death toll of 3,386, COVID-19 has struck fear in the minds of people all over the world. From South Korea to Italy and Iran, governments have been struggling to prevent any further spread of the virus. 

In America, the situation is no different with California declaring a state of emergency and congress passing a $8.3 bn emergency bill that is intended to bolster efforts at combating COVID-19.

As can be seen, COVID-19 represents a serious threat to the health and welfare of people all over the world. So whether you’re a seasoned survivalist or a weekend warrior, you’ll want to do everything in your power to protect yourself from this virus.

In this article, we’ll take a look at how you can best prepare yourself and your family in the days ahead.

1. Wash your hands

A person can become infected with the COVID-19 virus when he/she inhales water droplets expelled from the nose or mouth of someone infected with COVID-19. You can also become infected with COVID-19 by touching a surface with these droplets and then making contact with your eyes, nose or mouth.

Given that most of these surfaces regularly come into contact with our hands, it’s no surprise that they are one of the most bacteria-laden parts of our body. 

This is why it’s especially important that you have good hygiene practices. Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after touching anything. 

This ensures that your hands will be safe from any bacteria and viruses which significantly reduces your risk of being infected by the COVID-19 virus.

2. Avoid crowded areas

The World Health Organization or WHO has advised people over the age of 60 to avoid crowded areas for the time-being. Some sports events have been cancelled and others will be played at closed doors, like the Serie A Italian soccer games. It is likely that the NBA expert picks against the spread of the virus, might do the same if the situation gets worse in USA.

Crowded areas with a high-concentration of people i.e. supermarkets, public transports and mass gatherings make it easier for COVID-19 to spread due to the close proximity of people.

If you have a pre-existing health condition such as diabetes or recovering from an illness, your body’s immune system is likely to be compromised which inhibits your ability to fight off infections which can be lethal if you become infected with COVID-19.

For the time being, focus on ordering things remotely and minimizing visits to crowded spaces. If you take public transport to work, speak to your employer to discuss the possibility of working from home. 

3. Clean all shared surfaces in your home

Shared surfaces such as doorknobs, countertops and even telephones should be regularly cleaned with a strong cleaning agent such as antibacterial soap or detergent. 

By keeping your workspace and home clean, you’ll be able to significantly curb the spread of bacteria and viruses which goes a long way when it comes to keeping your sanctuary safe.

Don’t forget to wipe down your mobile phones regularly as they regularly come into contact with your face.

4. Have a survival plan in place

It’s always best to be prepared for the worst that could possibly happen. While the COVID-19 outbreak is serious, events have not spiraled out of control. Yet.

At the risk of sounding paranoid, it’s highly recommended that you have a survival plan in place. Ideally, your survival plan should include a backup location and a rally point for your loved ones in case things go south.

Alongside this, have a bug out bag ready and waiting at home. Pack water, survival rations, a map, extra cash, survival gear and a firearm. Do note that this is an extreme precaution that nevertheless should be taken by you.

The world is becoming increasingly unpredictable with time and in an unforgiving world, your best bet is to always be at the ready.