It all began on December 31st, 2019, when China alerted WHO about several unusual cases of pneumonia in Wuhan. At that point, what infected them was unknown. Cut to March 17th 2020, COVID-19 has, also known as Coronavirus, infected a confirmed no. of 1, 67,511 people and claimed 6606 lives. In India, the total number of confirmed cases is 114, while the death toll is 2. But the silver lining, if one might call it, is that the first trial of the vaccine to battle this pandemic took place today. Yet there is a long battle ahead, and it has become essential to stock up (not hoard) on essential commodities for at least the next 14 days.
1. Supply Of Dry and Higher Shelf Life Items
Agreed that the Indian diet does not consist much of canned or dried food. It is essential to stock up of foods with a longer shelf life like grains, lentils, dried fish, etc. Perishable items such as fresh fruits and vegetables too can be stored but not beyond their shelf-life. So it makes no sense to over-stock on them, instead of buying fresh milk that has a limited shelf-life, stock on tetra packs of milk.
It’s also important to not just stock up on daily food needs but also comfort food such as snacks, chocolates, instant noodles, coffee, tea, etc.
Apart from this, stock up on ready to eat food packs that require minimal effort to be cooked and have a long shelf life.
Consumption and stocking of poultry is best to be avoided as news channels are reporting a bird-flu outbreak in Mysuru.
Refer to the food checklist so that you don’t miss out on anything:
- Wheat flour
- Lentils: Chana, Dal, Mung, etc
- Fresh fruits and vegetables and meat. Note: Do not hoard any food item and only stock up considering shelf life to avoid wastage.
- Pickled meats and dried fish
- Ready to eat foods
- Tetra milk packs
- Dry snacks and comfort food items like tea, coffee, chocolates, instant noodles, etc.
- Masalas and sauces and other seasoning ingredients required for cooking
- Oil, butter and cheese
- Baby food (in case there’s a toddler at home)
Note: Stock up on food depending on the number of people in your home into 14 days’ worth requirement.
American Red Cross recommends that you store at least 4 litres of water per person, per day in your house, in case your tap water is unsafe for consumption. E.g. If you have 3 people at home, it is recommended that you store 12 * 14 = 168 litres of water for 14 days.
Your best friends during the course of the quarantine are sanitizers, make sure you have enough stock that will last for 14 days at least. In case you run out of sanitizers, don’t panic, your regular is equally effective in disinfecting you against the virus.
4. Hygiene Items
Ensure to store personal hygiene items such as soaps, shampoos, feminine care items, diapers, tissues etc. that will last for the next 14 days.
5. Medication and First Aid Kit
In case you’re under any medication, ensure to stock on a 30 day supply of the same. Also stock on the following first-aid items:
- Antiseptic powder/cream
- Cream to treat minor burns
- Over the counter medicines for fever, cold, diarrhoea, etc.
- Pain killers
- Pain relief spray/creams
6. Mental Wellbeing
In the digital age, you might run out of being in physical touch with your friends and colleagues but you can certainly stay connected via video calls. Don’t allow social isolation to take a mental toll on you and engage in spending time with people at home and catch - up with your friends and colleagues by skyping, video calling, etc. Also, physical fitness is directly linked to one’s wellbeing don’t forget to stretch and move your body at home to keep your spirits high.
7. Get Some Sun
Exposure to sunlight releases serotonin which is known to boost mood and help a person feel calm and focused. Without enough sun exposure, your serotonin levels can dip, leading to a higher risk of depression. So don’t forget to get your share of vitamin D by looking out of the window or balcony from time to time.
Follow these 7 essential pointers to stay prepared for an emergency quarantine that can last up to 14 days. As prevention is always better than cure, here are some tips for you to avoid the spread of Coronavirus or COVID - 19
In case you have any further doubts please get in touch with Future Generali Coronavirus Medical helpdesk (022-6836 6581 / 82 available 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM)