A few days ago, I received information from Healthcare.gov, a website created by the part of our government that oversees Medicare, concerning the Coronavirus. It offered the following guidelines to help us as we combat this serious health risk:
To prevent the spread of this illness or other illnesses, including the flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water,
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze,
- Stay home when you’re sick, and
- See your doctor if you think you’re ill.
Good information but I think they missed something that is key in this battle . . . ensuring each of us have ample medication or required medical supplies to last through a 14-day quarantine period or weeks longer if required.
Many of us take daily medicine or require medical supplies that enable us to live normal lives and, in some cases, keeps us alive. If we are quarantined because we contract the virus or to keep us from coming in contact with someone who has, we quite possibly won’t have the chance to renew our prescription or obtain enough medical supplies to last through the quarantine period or weeks longer if required. Now is the time to think about this possibility and take the needed steps to be prepared.
Determine what medicine and medical supplies you may need and contact your doctor or pharmacist as well your medical supplies company to obtain the medicine and supplies you need to make it through at least a quarantine period and even a few weeks longer. If you are a caregiver take the needed steps to protect those you care for.
These are strange times and we need to take care of ourselves and our loved ones by being prepared.