February 28, 2020
Social media and the news have been all a-twitter with reports of the “Wuhan coronavirus” now officially termed COVID-19. And U.S. public health experts are urging Americans to prepare. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC stated publicly, “Disruptions to everyday life may be severe, but people might want to start thinking about that now.”
Um, Nancy, I think the conjunction you wanted to use in that sentence was AND, not but.
As the mom of two elementary-school-aged boys, that’s the perspective I bring to prepping my family for the worst-case scenario; the boys’ school is closed for two weeks and my husband and I have to balance both working from home while simultaneously keeping our beloved baby wolf cubs from tearing apart all the furniture.
Personally, I have found the official preparedness advise incredibly vague. The response demands of COVID-19 are going to be subtly, but significantly different from a zombie apocalypse. For example, I feel extremely confident that utilities will continue to function, so no need to stock 25 gallons of drinking water or buy a gas powered generator. But having things on hand so that I don’t have to zip over to the warehouse store for two weeks seems prudent. Also, I expect that 2-day shipping or grocery delivery is going to stop being so convenient. If everyone has to stay home from work because of illness, the flying robots will have nobody to supervise order fulfillment, and we still don’t have drones for delivery.
That said, here’s my list of must haves:
Remember, keep calm and… whatever, you know the rest.
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