How To Prepare For A Coronavirus Pandemic
Now that the COVID-19 Coronavirus is hitting our shores, and people are starting to hunker down at home, it's a good time to go through a list of items you should get your hands on as soon as you can.
We'll prioritize this list in order from most important to least and in categories.
First: make sure you read the CDC's page to stay updated on whats happening with Coronavirus (COVID-19).
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Cleaning / Disinfecting
Cleaning items which may have come in contact with the virus with a disinfecting product is the best way to avoid contamination in your home.
Clorox Bleach (or any chlorinated bleach) can be used to create a powerful disinfecting sprays. Clorox also makes disinfecting wipes which are also useful and convenient.
- To disinfect, first pre-clean the hard, nonporous surface.
- Apply the bleach solution by spraying directly on the surface or onto a cloth or sponge and wipe.
- If using a wet wipe, apply directly to surface.
- Focus on high-touch surfaces such as refrigerator handles, kitchen and bathroom counters, toilet seats and toilet handles.
- Allow the solution to contact the surface for 5 minutes, then rinse with clean water and let the surface air dry.
- The bleach and water solution needs to be made fresh each day you use it.
For the following products use ⅓ cup bleach to 1 gallon of water:
Clorox Disinfecting Bleach (Concentrated)
Clorox Performance Bleach (Concentrated)
Clorox Germicidal Bleach (Concentrated)
For the following products use ½ cup bleach to 1 gallon of water:
Clorox Disinfecting Bleach
Clorox Regular Bleach
Clorox Performance Bleach with CLOROMAX
Clorox Germicidal Bleach
There is some evidence that UV exposure will kill the virus on inanimate objects; leave suspect items in direct sunlight for a few minutes if you do not have access to disinfecting products, but this is should be your last option. If you are already infected this will do nothing for you.
Anti-bacterial products will not be effective, since COVID-19 is a virus, not a bacteria.
COVID has wiped out supplies of hand sanitizers throughout the country.
But don't let that stop you! Read this article on how to make your own hand sanitizer.
Washing your hands and avoiding face touching (mouth, nose, eyes, ears) is the best way to avoid infection.
Any soap will do as long as you wash very thoroughly: wash between fingers, under nails, on backs of hands and wrists. Don't be lazy about it!
We've been using the Defense brand of soap products for the last year. They work fantastically and are powerful cleansers that don't ruin your skin with harsh chemicals, instead they use essential oils to do the heavy lifting.
Defense soap was initially designed to be used by wrestlers and martial arts practitioners, who come in regular contact with biological contaminants.
We love their products and cannot recommend them enough. Give them a try if you can.
Personal Protective Equipment
See our full list of recommended items here: Prepare for Pandemics.
But getting your hands on N95 masks, gloves, and goggles is getting difficult, if not impossible.
For an alternative, I would look to the Mira Safety line of masks and filters.
If you already have a mask which accepts 40mm NATO filters, check out their ParticleMax P3 Virus Filter - 6 Pack. They have a 20-year shelf life, small, and light-weight. They can be pre-deployed on masks (since there is no activated charcoal.)
If you want to learn more about masks and how to use them, see our article: The Ultimate Gas Mask Guide.
Water is really not an issue in the US, although for many different reasons people don't like to drink from the tap, it is safe nearly everywhere to do so.
Berkey water filters remove bacteria, viruses, and chemicals from water while leaving in the beneficial minerals (we recommend adding trace mineral drops to tap water to get an extra boost of beneficials.)
Our recommendation is to get the Big Berkey or larger sized model if you have a family of 2 or more, otherwise you are constantly filling it up from the tap.
Thankfully food supplies around the world seem to be holding on, but there are enormous lines of people waiting hours in places like Italy to get into the supermarkets.
Planning ahead is a great way to go, and getting foods that can stay in the pantry for years is probably your best bet.
Get canned goods from the grocery store. You can get fish, chicken, vegetables, soups, butter, milk, etc. They can last you 3 years or longer.
Also stock up on rice and couscous. Flour can keep in the fridge for several months.
Freeze Dried Foods/Meals:
These companies make meals that only require hot water to reconstitute and eat:
- Nutrient Survival
- Valley Food
- Readywise Company
- Eden Valley Family Farms
- Emergency Essentials
- The Ready Store
- Augason Farms
You can get frozen or vacuum sealed meats sent directly to your front door:
Canned or flash frozen and vacuum sealed fish:
Ready to eat meals and or snacks for when you are on the go:
Check out our article on for a deeper dive into this subject: How To Store Food Medium Term (6-12 months)
If you're stuck at home like we are, then maybe you'll have some free time on your hands. Why not catch up on some reading?
Check out our Ultimate Prepper's Reading List for a bunch of our favorite titles, many of which you can get on a Kindle if you have one.
Well that's it folks. Hunker down, stay safe and try to keep yourself busy!
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