Last week, the CDC warned that it expects the coronavirus to spread in the U.S. and that it could result in a full on pandemic.
Since then, the outbreak has spread from China across at least 40 different countries and this weekend, the U.S. had its first confirmed coronavirus death.
In the event that the coronavirus does reach pandemic status, you’ll want to get your supplies in order and create a ‘Pandemic Stash’ box. While you can’t control the outbreak, there are ways that you can reduce your risk of being infected, and be prepared for the worst possible situation when shtf.
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- OTC Fever & Pain Meds
- Refill prescription drugs
- Feminine hygiene products
- Toilet paper
- Vitamins (for when food shortages limits your diet)
- Hand Sanitizer
- Household cleaning products
If the pandemic becomes severe, you’ll have to consider your food stash as access to fresh foods won’t be available.
Here’s a short list of what you should have on hand:
- Tinned Food
- Spices & other flavorings
- Dried fruit
- Powdered milk
- Treats like chocolate & candy!
Don’t forget about the elderly or your pets! They have different needs that have to be considered ahead of time.
When the situation worsens, and you’re sure that there will be a time where supplies could slow down or even stop for a period of time- that’s when you go out and buy your breads and wraps. At this time, it’s also a good idea to buy meat for freezing, milk, eggs and yogurt, along with fresh fruits and vegetables.
This would also be the appropriate time to fill your gas tank and buy additional gasoline.
Even though the coronavirus has not become a pandemic yet, now is the most logical time to make sure everything is in order and you’re ahead of what is to come.
A senior scholar at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security told Newsweek, “If governments impose quarantines and restrictions on movements it may be logistically difficult to obtain certain goods and having a small stockpile may make sense. Also, if people want to avoid going out it can delimit exposure.”
The best thing you can do is to make sure you’re aware of any new developments so you can be properly prepared in time.
While the coronavirus has not hit pandemic status yet, the potential for it to do so is absolutely there.