SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Public health officials are promoting preparedness, not panic for Coronavirus. Liken this to preparing for a blizzard. It may come, it may not, but it’s always good to be prepared.
COVID-19, which is the official name for this strain of Coronavirus, is not officially a pandemic yet, but the World Health Organization is encouraging people to prepare in case one is declared. If you go to the store, here is what you should get:
- A two-week supply of water and non-perishable food
- A 30-day supply of your prescriptions
- Nonprescription drugs like pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins
- Soap and hand sanitizer
What about a mask?
No, says public health officials.
“Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS!” U.S. Surgeon General VADM Jerome M. Adams said on Twitter. “They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk.”
What else should you do?
- Wash your hands, frequently (see other health tips below)
- Review your company’s sick time policy and stay at home if you’re sick
- Check with your workplace for work-from-home policies
- Check with your child’s school or daycare about plans if there is an outbreak
- Keep a list of medications at home ready, if needed
- Stay informed. Download the KELOLAND News App, we have all the latest alerts, plus an entire resource section from the CDC. You can also click on our Coronavirus page.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
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