What happened to the world during the coronavirus outbreak should be a learning experience for all of us. Indeed, we were all caught off-guard. It was witnessed how governments were all in a quandary trying to look for the speediest and most effective solutions. But it was hard, as a full understanding of what has beset us is lacking at the start. Until now, even with the massive rollout of vaccines, the effects of the pandemic are still very much around.
Undoubtedly, families in most parts of the world were variably affected during this coronavirus pandemic. It created confusion and anxiety, especially in families with members being stranded when lockdowns were enforced. Until today, lockdowns are solutions that governments are enforcing as the pandemic seems not to go away very soon. This means that we still have to bear with this period of uncertainty for an undeterminable length of time.
But in as much as we are now more experienced when it comes to facing pandemics, forthcoming global health crises may be different from what we are going through right now. What’s good about it is that we may know how to prepare better.
Here are seven ways that will help every family face future pandemics that may come our way:
Always Be Updated With Current News
Those who were not following the news before the coronavirus pandemic was declared on the later part of the first quarter last year were initially shocked when lockdowns, travel bans, quarantines, and other protocols were enforced in their communities. For sure, they were the least prepared. Watching and reading the news and looking at government advisories can give us at least some time to understand the situation and act accordingly. Who would have thought the virus will spread like wildfire and affect almost all countries in just a short period?
Safeguard Your Health
Being healthy can be the best investment you will ever have. During this pandemic, the most vulnerable people are those with weak immune system and existing medical conditions. By keeping our bodies healthy, we can fight off diseases more effectively. We all know the basic elements that our body and mind need to be healthy and they are not impossible to do. A balanced diet, regular exercise, healthy lifestyle, and quality sleep can be just enough to keep our bodies strong against infections that a pandemic can bring. Knowing how to cope with stress can also be a key.
Be Sure to Save for the Rainy Days
Pandemics are not limited to issues concerning health alone. We learned from this pandemic the importance of having savings to use during the rainy days. A lot of individuals lost their jobs and more companies went bankrupt as economic activities were stalled. Undoubtedly, those who have no savings at all suffered the most during the pandemic. In some countries, families only have to do away with government support for their daily sustenance.
Remodel Your Home
Our homes should be the safest place to be. But is it safe when there is an outbreak of a pandemic? During this COVID 19 health crisis, where hospital beds are full, some patients were forced to quarantine and get medications in their homes. This has given rise to household transmission of the virus. To prevent this, a room that is complete with a bathroom, proper ventilation, and natural lighting should be available for use as an isolation room for an infected family member. Make sure to enhance it with entertainment, fitness, and other essential appliances.
Always Update Your Health Insurance
Although in some countries, the hospital expenses of COVID 19 patients are free, paying our medical insurance should always a responsibility that should not be missed. It is important as it means that we will not shoulder all the costs when we meet untimely accidents and suffer from serious health conditions that may require hospitalization. With a pandemic, we will always be at risk of a fatal disease. Knowing that you are updated with your monthly health insurance can give you some peace of mind.
List Organizations That Can Be of Help
There are many organizations that help during natural disasters, including pandemics. It is good to know these organizations beforehand. Some of these organizations can be in your own community, but you can also take note of organizations that have national or international coverage. These organizations can offer assistance in many forms such as food, medical, counseling, and others.
Open Up Your Communication Lines
Communication will not let you be left out in the dark during the most difficult times. Update the contact numbers of your close friends and relatives. During this pandemic, communicating with loved ones must have been a way of beating stress and anxiety. You may also be needing their help in more ways than one. Also make sure that you have contact numbers of emergency services, including healthcare providers, food delivery, maintenance services, schools, carpool drivers, and many more community resources.
We never know when a pandemic may arise. Therefore, it would be smart of you to prepare by following the things highlighted above.