Survival Lilly gives tips on preparing for a lockdown during a disease outbreak.
In case you've been living under a rock the last few months, you've probably heard about the coronavirus outbreak. Also known as Covid-19, this common cold or flu-like respiratory disease originated in Wuhan, China and coronavirus cases are now a global health concern. It's been confirmed throughout the world, including here in the United States.
Back in January, the World Health Organization officially declared it a "public health emergency of international concern." According to the Centers for Disease control and prevention, the symptoms include a shortness of breath, a cough and a fever. It spreads easily though close contact, specially through a sneeze or cough. It's also thought to spread through contact with surfaces or objects that have the virus on them.
Now, before we go any further, we want to stress that we're not trying to scare anyone in sharing this info. In fact, Lilly never once mentions this pandemic in the entirety of this video. She simply takes stock of her supplies and then hits the grocery store for a few more useful items in case she must be shut in for an extended period.
The odds of that happening are probably low, and American public health officials are cautioning people not to panic. However, the video is useful because it offers solid advice on supplies that could also be applied to not just to a quarantine during an infectious disease outbreak, but also prep for a large snowstorm or hurricane too.
This video was very different than Lilly's usual forays into the wilderness where she shows us stuff like survival shelters or how to trap small game. This is more focused on having enough food for the long haul. Granted, food choices for Americans are going to differ than Austria, but she makes some good suggestions on non-perishable items that stay fresh for a long time. You might laugh a bit at how much toilet paper she bought, but if you get stuck inside for weeks, you'll be glad to have it!
Note that she took the time to get extra soap, hand sanitizer and other disinfecting liquids. Keeping things sanitized is a good idea, especially if you or a loved one works in a job with a lot of human interaction like child care or as a health care worker. Using these products is a good idea during any flu season and not just this year. Your odds of getting a more common virus are probably greater than getting the new coronavirus right now. The precautions are the same though.
We also appreciate her going into depth on face and eye protection right now. Remember, many viruses can spread through sneezing. It seems the news of how the coronavirus spreads already has surgical masks and other face masks selling out quickly.
It's worth noting the CDC and other health experts are recommending social distancing and even isolation for anyone experiencing respiratory symptoms right now. The CDC also has a warning level three on their website where they are recommending people avoid all nonessential travel. Particularly to places like China and South Korea.
Again, you shouldn't panic over coronaviruses just yet. However, it also doesn't hurt to take a few extra steps to protect yourself and the ones you love with some simple disease prevention. It also can't hurt to get a few extra groceries and disinfecting supplies. Let's hope a solution for this outbreak is found quickly.
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