Preparing for coronavirus?

Watching tv tonight ,news says be prepared for this disease. So how do we prepare? I have meds in a limited supply. They come in 90 day supply. We usually have plenty of food. What will you do. ? Nancy50

I went in my room and locked the door. It is getting a little smelly in here after 17 days. Just saying.


I don’t plan to do anything different except to limit my exposure to crowded areas and hospitals but I have limited options on that score as I have to visit a cancer center weekly for treatments. Many patients wear masks there. If I could, I’d hold my breath on the elevators. LOL! I’m enough of a germophobe that I am wary during flu season anyway.

As Robyn suggested below, I wash my hands a lot. I’ve been doing that forever. Think of me as slightly less germophobic than Jack Nicholson’s character in ‘As Good as it Gets’.

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If you want to prepare, learn to wash your hands more often and never touch your face/eyes/mouth without thoroughly scrubbing them first. Learn to avoid eating with your hands where possible, and never eat with them after touching communal condiments/seasonings. Learn to cough into your elbow instead of your hands. Dirty hands spread such sicknesses, plain and simple. (That, and I guess an ill person coughing directly in your face). That’s why they spread so quickly in places like China , where they don’t have the same level of cleanliness as we expect, and in heavily populated cesspools like cruise ships and airports where a single person’s actions can contaminate so many.

Aside from restocking up on Purell, we won’t be doing anything crazy to prepare. Of course, were already “preppers”, so we stay well stocked regardless. We are a little concerned, since my husband is a pilot and can’t avoid airports, but minimally so. I don’t think we’re in the danger the media would have you believe.

I have supplies like medication, food, N95 masks (should it come to that), gloves, and wet wipes. These are things I keep and use on a regular basis, mostly for managing allergies; N95 masks for wildfire smoke in the summers and in my earthquake kit, gloves for preparing food with eczema, wet wipes for wiping down armrests and tray table when I fly or tables full of crumbs at conferences. About the only thing I did buy “extra” of is Purell as the stuff I had was long expired.

I already have good habits due to my food allergies and will admit to being a bit of a germophobe; for example, after washing my hands in the washroom, I frequently use a paper towel to turn off the taps and open the door, because I find it gross that someone may have touched those surfaces without washing their hands. Since some of my allergies are so severe and are such common foods, in my everyday life I wash my hands frequently (especially before eating), am careful about touching my face, don’t share food or utensils, and often wipe down surfaces.

I credit these habits, as well as my hyped-up immune system, with the reason I hardly ever get sick. It’s been about two years since I’ve had even a cold, and I often work in schools, fly regularly, and use public transit daily. I’ve shared offices with sick colleagues and been in the middle of a large norovirus outbreak without getting sick.

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I am going to stock up on a pallet of Diet Coke and a pallet of PowerAde. Coke sources its sweeteners for these products from China and their China manufacturing facilities are operating way below capacity now due to a shortage of workers as a result of the coronavirus. There is a good possibility of a shortage of these products if their manufacturing can’t get back to normal production runs soon.

I am not worried about getting insulin and other supplies. Other than that just general basic hygiene practices.

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I am pretty much prepared to do what all have said. But I am flying to Georgia in a month. Stay safe everyone, be prepared. We will be staying on post as our daughter lives in military housing. Nancy50

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Get 30 days of meds in advance in case of panic. Syringes, too. Have water, gatorade, cat food. Wash hands. Don’t touch face. Avoid aircraft and trains if it hits a neighboring city. I like to have a couple saline IV bags handy. There’s not much else you can do.

I always try to avoid flying–flu season or not. It’s the most wretched way for me to get somewhere as there is NOTHING about it that I like. Well, I lied, it is faster than driving.


I am hiding under my bed. Unfortunately my feet are sticking out. Sheryl beat me to it.


You would need a swat team to get me on a plane - two swat teams for any boeing plane made after 2005