The coronavirus continues to be a challenge for world health officials.
Several countries are taking different approaches to stop the spread of the pandemic.
But one top doctor in America is proposing a drastic measure to combat the outbreak.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Trump administration’s coronavirus spokesman, made one bold proposal to fight the virus.
Fauci appeared on “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd to discuss the Wuhan coronavirus.
Todd asked Fauci if the U.S. should resort to a 14-day shutdown, and Fauci responded, “You know, I would prefer as much as we possibly could. I think we should really be overly aggressive and get criticized for overreacting.”
A 14-day shutdown of the country would be a bold move to “flatten the curve” and stem the rate of infection.
Fauci also said, “I think Americans should be prepared that they are going to have to hunker down significantly more than we as a country are doing…With regard to domestic travel bans, we always talk about it, consider everything. But I can tell you that has not been seriously considered, doing travel bans in the country…I don’t see that right now or in the immediate future.”
Domestic travel bans aren’t yet on the table, but shutting down other modes of society could be in the offing. Major cities have already issued curfews as well as restaurant and theater closures.
The country could go into extreme lockdown in order to stop the spread of the virus.
Whether or not that happens, it’s incredibly important to be prepared for such an eventuality.
Many people are panicking and buying supplies at the last minute, causing a temporary shortage of certain supplies such as toilet paper.
If you’ve been diligent about preparation, you should be ready for this scenario.
The goal for a potential two-week quarantine is to limit outside interaction as much as possible.
The best types of foods to store are canned goods, frozen meats, or freeze-dried meals if you don’t have freezer space for a sufficient meat supply.
Make sure you have first-aid supplies to battle common illnesses such as the flu that could exacerbate the situation. Have supplies to maintain hygiene – soap, water, trash bags, and detergent need to be readily available.
If you need to go out for supplies, go during off hours so your exposure is limited.
Food and supply delivery services are also offering to leave items at your door so you don’t have to interact with people.
Finally, it’s important to have entertainment to keep you occupied.
Boredom is inevitable during quarantine, so have something to pass the time – books, cards, board games, movies, and television are all good options to keep your mind stimulated.
Keeping a clear head and remaining calm will you get through the turbulent and uncertain time.