The Wuhan coronavirus is threatening the entire globe.
Life is likely going to be severely disrupted for at least several weeks.
Here are the things you should do to protect yourself.
The Wuhan coronavirus is precisely the type of pandemic that survivalists have been preparing for.
Cities across America have been hit with people scrambling for essential supplies like toilet paper, causing a temporary shortage.
This is exactly why it’s important to be prepared ahead of time for crises like this.
As for the coronavirus itself, here’s what you need to know in order to protect yourself.
First, it’s necessary to know how it transmits.
The coronavirus is mainly passed through droplets from coughing or sneezing, or closer personal contact with an infected person.
For that reason, social distancing is a key component to lowering the spread of the virus.
Many cities are already enacting lockdown protocols such as closing restaurants, bars, movie theaters, and other crowded facilities.
It goes without saying that you should follow the lockdown procedures of your community, but also go the extra mile and engage in social distancing.
Interact with people outside your family as little as possible in order to curb the spread of the virus.
There has been wide-ranging speculation on the incubation period for the disease, but it appears to be around four days.
After that, symptoms will present themselves if a person is infected.
Symptoms include fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing.
Health officials also seem to believe that people are considered in the clear 14 days after symptoms have subsided.
The four-day incubation period and the 14-day recovery period are important timetables to know with regard to social distancing.
Also, simply washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds can reduce your chances of catching the coronavirus by 50%.
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, especially if you haven’t recently washed your hands.
If you sneeze, don’t re-use a handkerchief or a tissue; immediately throw away the tissue.
Many people have panicked and bought medical masks.
These won’t really help you from contracting the coronavirus, but it will reduce your chances of infecting someone else if you’ve already contracted it.
Also, be careful if you interact with people over 65 because they are at higher risk of infection, especially if they have underlying health conditions.
The mortality rate among the elderly can be as high as 15% in some cases.
Thankfully, children don’t seem to be affected; according to statistics in China, only 2% of the infected were under 19 years old.
Two NBA players contracted coronavirus, but only reported mild symptoms, and said they could’ve played.
Over the next several weeks, follow these guidelines and use common sense.
If you’ve done your due diligence as a survivalist, self-quarantine shouldn’t be too great of a challenge.