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Three Ways to Prepare for the Coronavirus

Updated: Mar 12, 2020

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that a Coronavirus outbreak in the United States is now inevitable. From a number of national and international authoritative sources, we are offering the following information to help you and your family prepare for the Coronavirus.

WakeMed and Duke are suggesting that a home quarantine would be the best option if the Coronavirus (COVID-19) hits the Raleigh-Durham area.

Consider the following tips to prepare:

  1. Plan-- Find out your employer’s work from home policy in the event of an outbreak. Plan for school closings in your area and make arrangements for any older relatives. Plan for the possibilities of subways, buses, or other forms of public transportation to close down or super markets to run low on food. Keep and maintain electronic and/or paper copies of health records from physicians’s offices, pharmacies, hospitals, and other registered healthcare providers.

  2. Stock up-- Purchase a few weeks supply of nonperishable groceries, basic household necessities, and refills on any prescription drugs. Also consider stocking up on over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and fluids with electrolytes.

  3. Sanitize-- Wash your hands and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. The CDC recommends for only those experiencing Coronavirus symptoms to wear a facemask.

Think you have the Coronavirus? Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.

If you suspect that you have Coronavirus, stay home except to get medical care, and avoid using public transportation (including taxis, buses, or ride-sharing services) to get there. Call ahead before visiting your physician or other licensed healthcare provider to let them take steps to prevent transmission to other people, and wear a facemask when you’re in the physicians’ or other licensed healthcare providers’ office.

For the latest information on Coronavirus in the U.S., refer to the CDC’s website at

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