With the Covid-19 outbreak being declared a pandemic, it’s understandable that many countless people have begun to take prevention seriously. Whilst the outbreak varies nation to nation, the World Health Organisation has stipulated its severity on a global level—mostly to encourage certain nations to take more aggressive measures if possible.
“Several countries have demonstrated that this virus can be suppressed and controlled,” WHO’s Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. However, he also stipulated that some nations might struggle with a lack of resources to do so—arguably, many countries in the MENA region will fall into this category.
If you live in a nation that might incapable of taking measures similar to Italy or South Korea in slowing down the virus, making sure you’re prepared is imperative.
Aside from the mandated advice of regular hand washing, one way to reduce transmission is to practice social distancing. So, if you’re planning to stay at home for the sake of prevention, or if you’ve been recommended to go into complete quarantine here’s what you’ll need.
Keep a thermometer on hand
With one of Covid-19’s symptoms is a fever, so it’s important to have a thermometer at home to track body temperature changes.
Get a supply of non-perishable food
This includes canned goods, bottled water, grains, pasta etc.
Keep a stock of household necessities
Things like soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toilet paper should be.
Make sure all surfaces are disinfected
Door handles, light switches, sideboards, tables, taps – make sure they are all regularly disinfected.
Have a good supply of your prescription medication at home
Contact your doctor to see if this is possible.
Have cash handy
In case of an emergency.
Avoid sharing personal items
Even with your family members.
Stay informed about local outbreak information
Stay up to date about your nation’s health ministry’s recommendations.