Not sharing this to alarm anyone - I am concerned, but I am not taking any out of the ordinary steps. Granted, my "out of the ordinary" is likely different than other people's out of the ordinary. It's my hope something here will give you a sense of self-efficacy in dealing with the news we are getting on this subject.
There's a significant uptick on the discussions about this topic. I'd like to provide you some resources and ideas. Use what you like; disregard the rest.
"What do you think about the coronavirus?"
I have gotten this question several times over the last few days. I'm not an expert on diseases. So I don't know what the "right" thing is to think about it. I think a better question should be:
Should we be taking precautions for the coronoavirus, and if so, what should we be doing?
Let's take the first part of that question. I subscribe to the theory that a prepared person is always taking precautions for the possibility of communicable diseases. Regular vaccinations, good hygiene practices and regular check ups are part of this. Don't be dismissive of the efficacy of such protocols; there are a lot of Americans who don't do these things to their detriment.
In addition to the best practices described above, I keep supplies on hand useful should a family member become ill with a highly contagious disease. These include:
These are relatively inexpensive things you can keep on hand. The hand soap, alcohol, masks, gloves and thermometers have a long shelf life. The other items need to be rotated. None of this is expensive.
As for the what should we be doing now, here's what I am doing:
If you are wanting to "do something" meaningful and not extreme, I would:
Here's where I tell you what I think about things I think about.