5 Things You Must Know About COVID 19

5 Things You Must Know About COVID 19

Podcast Episode 9

5,374 people have died so far from the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak as of March 13, 2020, 17:35 GMT.

There are currently 142,783 confirmed cases in 136 countries and territories. The fatality rate is still being assessed.

The Truth about the Coronavirus

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a family of viruses that cause sicknesses like the common cold, as well as more severe diseases, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain – one that hasn’t previously been recognized in humans.
Coronaviruses cause diseases in mammals and birds. A zoonotic virus is one that is transmitted between animals and people. When a virus circulating in animal populations infects people, this is termed a “spillover event”.

Store Shelves have been emptied across the world.
Fights have broken out, carts piled high, and across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, most supermarkets imposed a cap to limit the number of toilet paper rolls a person can buy.
There is no shortage of videos capturing the mass hysteria that has swept up globally as shelves are cleared.
Hand sanitizers, cleaning solutions, canned goods, water bottles and pasta shelves have are also sold out.

When people are told something dangerous is coming, but all you need to do is wash your hands, the action doesn’t seem proportionate to the threat.

People naturally start to panic-buy when they think something is scarce, and photos on social media can easily fuel that panic.

What Do You Need In A Survival Kit?
At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:
Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
Flashlight 
Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
Extra batteries (Similar item available in the Red Cross Store)
Deluxe family first aid kit
Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
Multi-purpose tool
Sanitation and personal hygiene items
Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
Cell phone with chargers (Similar item available in the Red Cross Store)
Family and emergency contact information
Extra cash
Emergency blanket
Map(s) of the area
Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit:
Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
Games and activities for children
Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
Two-way radios
Extra set of car keys and house keys
Manual can opener
Additional supplies to keep at home or in your survival kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:
Whistle
N95 or surgical masks
Matches
Rain gear
Towels
Work gloves
Tools/supplies for securing your home
Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
Plastic sheeting
Duct tape
Scissors
Household liquid bleach
Entertainment items

Blankets or sleeping bags

Tips

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze if you’re sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used items like your keyboard, mouse, and phone with an anti-bacterial solution.
  • Stay home if you feel ill.
  •  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth since germs are often spread this way.
  • In public stay six feet from infected
  • Overall protect your eyes, skin, nose and mouth from coughers, sneezers and places where viruses can float onto raw foods, open air places

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