By now, you’ve heard about the deadly outbreak that’s shut down more than a dozen cities in central China and created the most massive quarantine in all human history.
Population-wise, it’s like putting a quarantine around Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi… or the entire state of California. And it’s growing.
But don’t dismiss the coronavirus scare as some remote “over there” problem.
Because despite urgent and strict emergency measures in China and beyond… despite every attempt to contain this fast-moving virus… and despite the vast distance between here and there… this illness isn’t just coming. It’s already HERE in the United States.
The new coronavirus has ALREADY hit our shores
Scary? You bet it is. But today, I’m going to chase out the fear with facts. Because I’ve got the scoop on WHAT this infection does and HOW it works.
More importantly, I’ve got some steps you can take to help prepare yourself and your family NOW. So you can reduce your risk of suffering from this deadly infection LATER.
Multiple cases of this coronavirus have been detected in the United States, and hundreds of more people are being tested.
It is similar to the fast-spreading SARS that infected people in various countries nearly two decades ago
Emergency officials are bracing for the worst. There’s already panic sinking in as people cancel travel plans and stock up on supplies.
Prepare NOW to reduce risk BEFORE it spreads
But you DON’T need to panic. You just need to prepare, calmly, and quickly, with these three steps…
STEP ONE: Act now. There is no known treatment, cure, or vaccine for this virus yet. NONE. But like any other virus, the new coronavirus seems to hit some people hard… and others, not at all.
From what we know about how these kinds of illnesses work, we can make an educated guess that one key reason for this difference is the immune system. So it makes sense to start boosting your own defenses with the basics, including vitamins C and D.
There’s no evidence yet these work specifically against coronavirus, of course. It’s too soon to know how this bug operates. But research has found vitamin D CAN be eight times more effective than the flu shot while fighting off other viral invaders, including the common cold, which is often caused by another kind of coronavirus.
And don’t forget the basics that come with any viral outbreak, including the regular cold and flu that strike this time of year. Wash your hands often using warm soapy water and scrubbing for at least 20 seconds. In fact, recent research shows increasing handwashing at the top 10 airports could slash the spread of this virus by 37 percent. Avoid touching your face, eyes, and mouth. And use common sense when you’re out and about, avoiding people who are sick and avoiding shared surfaces that could be harboring the virus.
STEP TWO: When the virus arrives. Let’s hope this new coronavirus never DOES come anywhere near you and your family. That no one in your town ever gets so much as a sniffle. And that the outbreaks in the United States remain extremely limited and highly contained.
But let’s PREPARE for the alternative… just in case.
If it’s spreading – especially if there are reports near you – avoid crowds, avoid travel if you can, and wear a surgical-style protective mask (HC-N95) if you do need to go out. Look for one that says it specifically filters out germs.
It’s not a fail-safe option. But it could help when push comes to shove. During SARS, one study found that any type of mask at all cut the infection rate by 85 percent among healthcare workers directly exposed to sick patients. But remember, there’s no guarantee a mask will help so be sure to use all the other precautions as well.
Plus, keep in mind, the latest research finds the virus can live up to nine days on surfaces. So if you do go out glove up and avoid touching public surfaces such as railings and door handles. And use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to thoroughly wipe down any surfaces you suspect could be contaminated.
And if this new coronavirus is really spreading, stay home with your own self-imposed quarantine. You can’t get sick if you’re not exposed.
STEP THREE: Prepare your pantry. Stock up on canned goods, dry goods, and the like.
Now’s a good time to take stock of what you’ve got – and go shopping for what you don’t while it’s still safe out there. And before there is a run on the grocery stores.
You don’t have to build a doomsday shelter or anything. But you should always have a stash of these and other non-perishables in the event of power outages, storms, and any other natural disasters like a fast-spreading coronavirus.