The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is exposing the many ways in which the U.S. and the global community are vastly under-prepared for a global pandemic.
The global failure to prepare was reflected in both shortages of medical protective equipment and threatened supply chains that were close to breaking as China, hit hard by the novel coronavirus, forced an almost nationwide shut down.
- Store additional supplies of food and water.
- Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.
- Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
- Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other sources and store them, for personal reference. Get help accessing electronic health records.
- Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.