Preparation tips for pandemic

Although there is no immediate threat of contracting the coronavirus disease in the U.S. and all of the cases are contained, the Department of Homeland Security’s website offers several specific ways that people can prepare for a pandemic and what to do during one.

These proactive measures include:

Stocking a two-week supply of water and food.

Ensuring you have a continuous supply of regularly needed prescription drugs.

Stocking up on nonprescription drugs and other health supplies. This includes pain relievers, cough and cold medicines and vitamins.

Locating and storing copies of personal health records from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other sources for personal reference.

Having a plan with family members and other loved ones on how they will receive care if they get sick or what will be needed to care for them in your home.

During a pandemic, health officials urge practicing good hygiene to limit the spread of germs and prevent infection. This can be done by:

Avoiding close contact with people who are sick

When sick, keep your distance from others to keep germs from spreading.

Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth to prevent infection.

Getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, managing your stress, drinking plenty of fluids and eating nutritious food.

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