5 ways to prepare your home and family for coronavirus

Prepare your home for coronavirusAs I’m writing this, there are at least 938 confirmed and presumptive cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in 39 states plus the District of Columbia and 29 deaths.

Unfortunately, those numbers are only expected to grow.

This information changes so quickly, but if you want to know the daily numbers, you can access the CDC’s COVID-19 U.S. at a glance webpage.

But the major development this week is that the World Health Organization has officially declared the COVID-19 crisis a pandemic, and has called on all countries and their governments to pull out all stops to “detect, test, treat, isolate and mobilize their people in response” to the threat.

It’s becoming undeniable that we all need to prepare ourselves for coronavirus becoming a bigger problem within our own communities…

That doesn’t mean panicking. Like I shared recently, the coronavirus only causes minor symptoms in more than 80 percent of people. But that doesn’t mean being apathetic either. The coronavirus is 20 times deadlier than the flu, and we need to recognize and respect that fact.

The question is: What should you do to prepare for coronavirus, so you’re ready if it becomes a bigger problem where you live?

Luckily, NPR recently shared some tips that will have you ready if and when coronavirus strikes closer to home…

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Jenny Smiechowski

By Jenny Smiechowski

Jenny Smiechowski is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in health, nutrition and the environment. Her work has appeared in online and print publications like Chicagoland Gardening magazine, Organic Lifestyle Magazine, BetterLife Magazine, TheFix.com, Hybridcars.com and Seedstock.com.