Prepare for COVID-19:  Home & Business

Prepare for COVID-19: Home & Business

| March 16, 2020
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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken the world by storm and is not lessening its grip yet.  Our world as we know it has definitely slowed down and nearly been halted due to this virus. 

The media outlets have definitely been keeping everyone up-to-date with the latest news on the virus, and the threat of pandemonium is real.  There have been videos showing people rushing to shop for hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes, dish and laundry detergents, and water -- to the point where some merchants have put rations to the amount purchased or their shelves are completely empty. Many restaurants, bars and clubs, public and private schools including state colleges and technical colleges have been ordered to close by the local government.  

With all the hype out there, what do we really need to know? 

What do you really need to prepare? Experts are recommending to stock up at least a 2 week (14 day) supply of the following items:

Medication (prescription and over-the-counter):  pain relievers, cough and cold medicine and electrolytes.

Toilet Paper:  An 4-8 pack should be sufficient. 

Feminine Hygiene products: 1 to 2 packs should be sufficient

Hand Soap:  Bars of soap are statistically more effective when washing hands for a minimum of 30 seconds before rinsing under hot/warm water than hand sanitizer. 

Laundry and Dish Detergent:  One bottle of each should be sufficient

Infant Needs:  diapers, formula, baby wipes, toiletries

Body Wash/Hand Soap, Hair Products and Lotions:  One bottle of each should be sufficient, and buy if you need to replace it during the 2 week period.

Pet Food and Treats:  If your pet(s) are getting low on food, purchase as you would normally purchase. 

All Purpose Cleaning Spray: There are several brands that include COVID-19 fighting products: Clorox, Lysol, Peroxide, 24 Hours Multipurpose Cleaner, Purell, and many more . 

You've prepared your home, now what?

Unless your community is quarantined and leaving your house is restricted, carry on with these simple tips:

Personal Space.  Keep a distance of 6 feet away from everyone.  If someone near you sneezes, turn away from them or remind them to sneeze into their elbow.

Wash Your Hands.  In public places, and at home, use soap and wash your hands for a minimum of 30 seconds.  Resist touching your face, after touching common space items, such as door handles, toilet handles, faucet fixtures, grocery carts, railings, credit card readers, ATMs, etc.  Yes, remember to wash before eating. 

Skip the Face Mask:  In public, the only people that should be wearing face masks are those who are sick, and not necessarily with COVID-19.  Healthy people should not wear surgical face masks, as it could potentially increase your chances of getting sick because you have to touch your face to put it on and adjust it.

If You Are Sick: Quarantine yourself and stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

No Touching:  Resist the urge to greet someone by shaking their hand, hugging and/or kissing.  Some of suggested a fist bump, an elbow bump, a foot tap or even a Vulcan salute (a raised hand with the palm forward and the thumb extended, while the fingers are parted between the middle and ring finger).  Whatever your choice, avoid close contact greetings.

Your Business:

Stay Home:  Employees running a temperature, feeling ill, suffering from allergies or illness, recommend they stay home. 

Practice Cough and Sneeze Etiquette: by coughing and/or sneezing into your elbow. 

Wash Hands: Instruct employees to wash their hands often with hand sanitizer with at least 62% alcohol or wash hands with soap and water for a minimum of 30 seconds. 

Encourage Call Ins:  To extend safety to customers, encourage clients to call in versus visit business. 

Check out these other resources relating to business. 

OSHA

U.S. Small Business Administration

Helpful Ohio and South Carolina Resources

Wait it out

With all the media updates, the cancellations, the postponements, and with the virus increasingly closer to our communities, it is challenging, but resist the urge to panic.  Do not allow fear to wedge into your well-made plans, and uproot your sanity.  COVID-19 will not be here forever. 

With these helpful tips, a bit of common sense and before you know it, the season of COVID-19 will have passed. 

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