As you can probably guess this post is about the current global outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).
This post is not meant to replace any government directions regarding travel or quarantine periods. It is simply my thoughts on the current situation.
Here is the official Australian Government Department of Health website.
It would not hurt any of us to stop and consider how we would manage if there were widespread cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Australia.
Since we do not have work commitments to consider my main focus is simply to ensure that we have enough supplies to ensure that we could take care of ourselves for an extended period if required. I have not been stocking up on food as we always carry enough to feed us for at least a month but probably much longer than that. While they may not be gourmet meals we could adequately nourish ourselves.
I have also read recommendations that people ensure that they have plenty of their prescription medications. I have checked that I have enough but noticed that my current prescriptions expire in about 6 weeks so I have made a doctor’s appointment for tomorrow to get new prescriptions. If the virus does have a significant impact in Australia over the next couple of months, I do not want to be trying to get new prescriptions at that time. Doctors will have far more pressing demands for their skills and I do not want to be in a waiting room full of potentially infected patients so it is much better to plan ahead and get it done now.
Preparation is not panicking, it is commonsense to take responsibility for your own well-being.
I too have a pantry at all times, and as I buy generally who gives a crap loo paper and it is abox of 48 I usually have enough loo paper for almost a year. I always have paracetamol and ibrufen in my drawer(I buy the larger boxes of 96 and 64 as it works out so much cheaper and I usually have them along with first aid things as I live out of town. I have been freezing my autumn fruit blackberries and with a veggie garden it helps. I feel that the governments main concerns are also the issue of how to keep power and water government and businesses operating, if it gets really bad in some places it could impact these. I am not a prepper tthough