COVID-19 might finally be on the downturn. But just because we’ve conquered one pandemic doesn’t mean that another one won’t show up sometime soon.
In fact, with increased globalization and world trade, another pandemic is an inevitability rather than just a possibility.
Here are five important tips you can follow to prepare for the next pandemic, whenever it may arrive.
It’s hard to stress just how important it is to save money! Most Americans don’t even have $1000 in savings aside from their 401(k)s, which can’t be withdrawn from until you reach a certain age anyway.
It’s critical that you start saving money now.
This way, if you or someone else in your family loses a job due to another pandemic, you’ll have a safety net or cushion to support yourselves for a few months until a government stimulus check or the pandemic is brought under control.
We’d also strongly recommend getting any vaccines for past pandemics and making sure everyone in your family is up-to-date with yearly flu shots.
These flu shots can bolster your immune system and make sure that it won’t be overtaxed from regular sicknesses like the flu in addition to pandemic viruses or bacteria cells.
An action plan is a good thing to have, especially if you have multiple kids. For instance, say that a pandemic quickly and rapidly spreads throughout the city where you live, like New York City or Washington DC. Panic and pandemonium could quickly take over a concentrated metropolitan area.
If you get wind of a pandemic, time is of the essence. You should have a plan in place to grab your kids, spouse, and any other family members and get them home ASAP. This is the best way to minimize exposure and to ensure that no one gets lost or hurt in the initial public chaos.
No one wants to be caught in the middle of the looting that took place when the coronavirus was first announced, right?
Just like with cash, you should also try to save up on food and other essential supplies before the next pandemic rolls around. This doesn’t mean buying 20 cases of toilet paper (although having a little extra toilet paper in your basement or closet and hurt).
Get essentials like food and water, purifier tablets, batteries, and other things. If you think that people will ransack stores for it, get a couple of extra units of whatever it is and store those items in your home so you aren’t empty-handed in the event of another pandemic.
Lastly, be sure that you have masks and other medical supplies at your home so you don’t have to go scavenging after looters have already taken all the stuff from regular stores and pharmacies. Painkillers, bandages, hand sanitizer, masks, and more should all make up the bulk of your emergency medical kit.
Store this under your bed or somewhere that your family members can find in an emergency.
If you manage to keep all of these tips in mind, you’ll be much better prepared than many of your neighbors if – or when! – another pandemic comes to America’s shores.
Thank you for reading, Stay Prepared.