The coronavirus has taken the world by surprise since it emerged in mid-December in Wuhan, China. As of today, at least 362 people are dead, 17,300 people have been infected globally, almost 60 million people are either on full or part-time lockdown. The number of coronavirus deaths in mainland China has surpassed that of the SARS 2003 epidemic in the country. There are at least 11 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States.
What can you do, if anything, to protect yourself from a pandemic or the coronavirus? Your typical answers are always going to help…wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your nose, eyes, or mouth, and avoid coming in contact with people who are sick. But could you be doing more? YES!! Stay prepared! The coronavirus is airborne so wearing the correct mask could be helpful to avoid inhaling the virus and having food storage on hand in case of an evacuation or lockdown.
The type of mask to use is an N95. N95 masks filter at least 95% of airborne particles.
In order for this mask to be effective, it is vital that you properly wear the N95 mask. It should have a snug fit and cover your nose and mouth. Use both straps of the mask to ensure air does not leak through. These masks are not suitable for children or people with facial hair.
The most effective way to protect yourself from a virus is to isolate yourself. There are millions in China right now that are on lockdown. You may not be going out to work or even the store for days or weeks. This means you and your family would be hunkering down at home for long periods of time…longer than with many other types of disasters. The most important supplies to have in this scenario are long-term caches of food and water.
It is recommended to keep a 72-hour kit on hand for emergencies such as this. We recommend our basic and ultimate kits, both of which include an N95 particulate filtering mask. These kits have always carried the N95 mask and quality is of the utmost importance to Emergency Essentials. Being in business for over 30 years you learn a thing or two about what it takes to thrive in disaster. We’ve helped tens of thousands with countless emergencies and our top goal is to help you and the people you love to prepare for whatever life throws at you.