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Preparing for Lockdown or Quarantine

A lockdown can be prevented if we follow Social Distancing, Isolation and Proper Hand Hygiene.

In the event that a lockdown occurs. Access to many places including hospitals will be limited. Hospital access will be limited to severe or emergency cases and you can be turned away / denied access if your emergency is not severe. Use phone consultation as a firstline if needed.
Be prepared to only visit a hospital for emergencies such as:

  • severe respiratory distress
  • difficulty breathing,
  • sustained high fever,
  • or other standard emergency such as cardiac arrest, burns, broken bones etc.

Food Needs

Recommendations have suggested that households stock up on food and water in the event that a quarantine or lockdown is to happen.  Although toilet paper and paper towels have been flying off the shelves, there are several other products that should top your list of essentials. Before shopping, make an inventory of what you have.  Do not stockpile things that are not essential keeping in mind that long shelf life is good.  There is no point in stockpiling fresh fruits and vegetables that will go bad before you can use them. 

So what should you include in your emergency kit?   

  • Canned fruits and vegetables  
  • Dried fruits, nuts, beans and lentils
  • Dried pastas, rice, flour and oats
  • Canned soups, meats and fish
  • Canned tomatoes and some spices 
  • Frozen fruit & vegetables, even frozen french fries count.
  • Powdered or UHT milk
  • Protein powders and multivitamins
  • Don’t forget a few treats… chocolate or some candy for the occasional treat, quarantine can be dull.

Municipal Water supply should not be affected by COVID-19 but a two week supply of bottled water is a good idea.  Recommendations suggest 2 L water per (adult) person per day.  

Medical Supplies

Ensure that you have at least a month’s supply of all necessary prescription medication.  Consult your doctor if you need to obtain additional supply as soon as possible.  Also think about keeping some pain relievers on hand such as tylenol to treat fevers.  Some studies out of France have found evidence suggesting that anti-inflammatories containing ibuprofen such as advil and cortisone may aggravate COVID-19, therefore steer away from these medications for the time being. Preparing a first aid kit which includes some antibiotic cream or ointment, bandaids, paper tape and gauze may be a good idea also.

Basic Bathroom Supplies

Aside from some rolls of toilet paper other basic bathroom essentials are also good to have including soaps, shampoos, toothpaste and feminine hygiene products.

Basic Cleaning Products 

In times of a pandemic it is important to keep your household clean.  Fancy cleaning products are not essential, but some simple bleach, and hydrogen peroxide are good disinfecting agents for cleaning of high-touch surfaces.   Do not mix your disinfecting products with each other.

Supplies for Kids

If you have very young kids, think about extra diapers, wipes and a few snacks they enjoy.

Stock up on craft supplies to keep them busy.  Paper, coloring supplies, paints, sketchbooks are all good examples.