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COVID-19 Readiness

From staying home and maintaining safe physical distance to practicing good hygiene habits like not touching our faces, we have adopted new lifestyle habits with COVID-19. Since March 19, 2020, we have been staying home and practicing physical distancing. However, the virus is still actively spreading, even as we learn new ways to interact with each other. As more businesses and organizations reopen and people gather in groups, we need to prepare ourselves for potential second and third waves, or even another Safer at Home Order. Here are some things to think about as we navigate the changing landscape of the coronavirus pandemic.


Stay Calm and Educated

In the event of a second Safer at Home Order, we now know that we do not need to rush out and panic-buy food and supplies. With newly gained knowledge on what we need while staying safe at home, we can plan better for the future.

It is also important to continue being a healthy news consumer. Make sure you are receiving your news through trustworthy sources. Think twice while looking at the news or information shared by friends or family, as not everything is true or accurate. To learn more about how to be a healthy news consumer, read the article here.

Get the Essentials

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While we hopefully will not face shortages in the stores again, it is important to have those essential goods on hand. Items that were previously harder to find are back on store shelves. While buying items in mass may give us peace-of-mind or make us feel safe in such uncertain times, keep in mind that there is a difference between stocking up and hoarding.

  • Stocking up – Keeping a reasonable supply of shelf-stable items on hand.
  • Hoarding – Misusing resources or buying more of an item than you have use for.
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It is also important to continue limiting your outings to the store. Aim to get enough supplies to last you two weeks. Consider less crowded hours and utilize senior hours that many stores still have. If you are buying in bulk at places such as Costco or Sam’s Club, consider sharing some supplies with nearby family or friends. Some important items to consider having on hand include:

  • Toilet paper and paper towels
  • Cleaning supplies including disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer
  • Pantry-friendly foods such as pasta, rice, beans, cereal, and canned soups
  • Freezer-friendly foods, such as frozen vegetables and fruits
  • Meal-prepped foods to store in the freezer such as meatballs, dumplings, soups, and marinated meats
  • Water filter or purifier
    • Instead of purchasing bottled water, consider getting a water filter that could save you money and reduce your use of plastic.
  • Medications
  • Other commonly-used items:
    • Shampoo
    • Toothpaste
    • Dish soap
    • Trash bags
    • Light bulbs
    • Batteries

Think Ahead

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Think about what resources or support you need since we will likely be staying home for an extended period of time. Consider any tasks or errands you would like to accomplish before another Safer at Home Order takes effect. Some examples include:

  • Getting a tablet or smartphone device to stay connected with others.
  • Getting connected to internet to connect with others on Zoom or other platforms.
  • Going to the doctor, dentist, or other health care professional for a necessary appointment that you have been putting off.
    • Examples: getting glasses replaced or keeping up with your shingles vaccination shots.
  • Setting up telehealth capabilities to continue your health care appointments.
  • Other devices or household equipment you have found you need while staying home.

Prepare for a COVID-19 Infection

Staying home and physical distancing are the best ways to protect ourselves from infection. However, it is important that we are prepared for the event in which we or someone in our household tests positive for COVID-19. Consider the following:

  • Know where the closest COVID-19 testing site is so you know where to go if someone shows symptoms in your household.
  • Designate a room or location in the house to separate sick household members from others.
  • Have cough and fever medication on hand.
    • The majority of people infected with COVID-19 can recover at home. Having these medications can help with symptom management.
  • Have masks available.
    • The person who is sick should wear a face mask or face covering when around other household members or out receiving medical care.
    • If you are caring for someone who is sick, you should also wear a face mask while in contact with the sick individual.
  • Create an emergency contact list.
    • This should include family, friends, neighbors, and other community resources.
  • Write down the dates and times of where you have been and who you have interacted with.
    • Contact tracing can help track the spread of a disease, and alert others if they may have been in contact with someone who tested positive.
  • Have a plan to stay home.
    • If you or a loved one has COVID-19, you will have to quarantine at home for 14 days or until a medical professional tells you otherwise.
    • You should only be going out of the house to receive medical care.
    • Make arrangements with family or friends to have them deliver meals or do your grocery shopping for you.
  • Have an emergency room bag.
    • In the instance that you or a loved one needs to go to the emergency room for COVID-19, have a bag ready to go.
    • This can include extra clothes, your emergency contact list, medications, and a charger for your phone or other mobile device.

The COVID-19 pandemic is unpredictable, but we need to continue doing our best to be prepared. Again, the best way to avoid getting COVID-19 is to stay home, practice physical distancing, and maintain good sanitation practices. Even though more places and spaces are opening up, the risk still remains high for older adults. Use the tips provided here to get ready for the next time nonessential businesses may close and we have to follow stricter stay at home rules.