Coronavirus, What to do?
I have always been a proponent of having some non-perishable foods on hand as one never knows when a snow storm will shut you in here in Colorado. The Coronavirus add a different dimension to the idea of storing food. There is so much we don't know about this virus that some precautions are necessary, in my opinion.
The Dept. of Homeland Security has an entire page dedicated to suggestions on how to prepare for a 'pandemic'. I agree with most of the suggestions on the page although water might not become an issue. I would agree that the best defense against this virus is a strong offense. Namely, rest/sleep, de-stress, exercise, good diet, boosting your immune system and keeping some non-perishable food for a month or so for each person in the house in the even you are quarantined. What we suggest to our customers is to begin taking herbal extracts that have been used for centuries to build up your immune system. In addition, take a look at our preparedness page to see the options we are suggesting to our customers.
I have to emphasize that panic is not a state you need to be in during this time (or any time, for that matter)! Anxiety, in general, reduces your bodies ability to fight illness as it suppresses the immune function. Think rationally about the situation, prepare for a worst case scenario and pray for the best case to unfold. That being said, pay attention to the news, particularly about where and how many reported cases there are, and know that what is being reported is based solely on diagnosed cases! There will be many others that are infected and not diagnosed, thus underestimating the true number. The good news is that the vast majority of people will recover nicely while others will not. The mortality rate reported in the news is somewhere between 1% and 3.4%.
The reality is... this virus is here and it isn't going anywhere, anytime soon. One can only do what feels appropriate. Many will choose to carry on as before the virus, while others will prepare for the worst and many somewhere in between. In an event like this, no one can possibly be completely prepared as everyone reacts differently to the information being released hourly. Something to keep in mind... as the numbers of confirmed cases grow, there will be demands placed on first responders, hospitals, clinics, doctors and nurses that could become overwhelming. If the number of infected grow as widespread and rapidly as the CDC thinks, people will go un-diagnosed, quarantined and self-treating at home. The capacity of the health care system is not unlimited nor is the economic shocks that will most certainly develop and, in fact, are developing as I write. Many of Wall Street's most astute equity investors are predicting a severe downturn worldwide as the reaction to this virus expands affecting travel, supply and manufacturing industries. We have already seen volatility in the market, mostly a downturn.
Here at Enerhealth, we are beginning to see supply chain issues and due to a heavy demand our organic stored food buckets, ship dates are about 10 days out from the date of the order. We are working 7 days a week trying to keep up with the demand for the items I have mentioned above.
In conclusion, try to stay calm, protect yourself, prepare for the worst and hope for the best. We are here to help, as always, to keep you in good health and be prepared.