I’m not an expert at what to do during a pandemic, but I’m taking precautions because that’s what people with health anxiety do. Some folks will roll their eyes at me and say I’m overreacting. Others will nod their heads and say, “tell me more.”
When you search coronavirus online now, you can tell there’s some freak out happening. The CDC has help and information articles at the top of the google search page, every news article is reporting on it, the stock market is crashing, and disease specialists are saying it’s not an if, but a when coronavirus will hit your community. I’m less worried about actually contracting the virus as I am about being quarantined and without access to the things I need to keep my autoimmune disease in check. I rely heavily on food and supplements as a means to stay healthy, and I would prefer to be over prepared than underprepared.
The worst case scenario is that I end up needing the things I have prepared. Best case scenario? I have tons of shelf stable paleo food that will last me a while, my immune system is supported, and I have the supplements I need to stay healthy.
Here’s what I’m doing to prepare for the coronavirus:
All the things I normally do to prevent a flu
Starting by boosting my immune system. The Coronavirus is not unlike the flu we see come and go each year. Both are infectious respiratory viruses that can be passed from person to person. It sounds really scary that the media keeps talking about how many folks are dying with coronavirus, but the death rate is lower than that of the flu. Those likely to have that level of complication are folks who are already at higher risk, like the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.
Just like I do to prevent the flu, I’m eating healthy, taking probiotics, elderberry syrup, vitamin c, echinacea, eating more garlic and ginger, drinking licorice tea and regularly washing my hands while I’m out and about. Chris Kresser has a great article on natural remedies for flu prevention and treatment. Check it out here.
I also plan to continue using Biocidin. Biocidin is my go-to for fighting flulike viruses. It’s a broad-spectrum botanical combination formula with anti-microbial action that helps fight off viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic infections.
PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS – I am not on prescription medications for my autoimmune disease, but if you are, it’s worth calling your doctor to get a month’s worth of medication back stocked.
Stocking up on supplements
I want to make sure I have what I need to stay healthy. So, all the supplements I listed above? Ordering those ASAP, as well as some others that I take regularly like digestive enzymes, vitamin D, ferritin, and multivitamins in case there are food shortages that limit the nutrients I am able to get in my diet.
Avoiding travel unless it is 100% necessary
A client reached out to me about whether or not she should travel to California this weekend and I truthfully told her I wouldn’t. With city-wide quarantines happening in other countries, I prefer to stay at close to home until we have a better understanding of what’s going on.
Ordering an N95 mask
I’ve been wanting one of these for air travel anyway, so even if Coronavirus doesn’t get to Denver, I’ll still use it in the future. My husband, on the other hand, probably will never wear one… but I’m getting one for him just in case he decides he’s into matching.
N95 respirators and masks are protective equipment for liquid and airborne particles. The mask I want is a Vogmask, which is out of stock until 8 AM on March 4th. Any N95 mask will do, though, and you can purchase them at hardware stores if you can find them. A friend of mine recently went to 10 different hardware stores, none of which had them.
Wearing a mask not only can help prevent you from contracting the disease, but also spreading it if you unknowingly get it.
Stocking up on pantry staples I tolerate
We honestly don’t know what’s going to happen when it comes to quarantines, food production, etc. I’m hopeful nothing drastic occurs, food production doesn’t stall, we aren’t locked in our homes, and I have a plethora of paleo pantry staples!
As someone with food sensitivities, I want to make sure I have food around I can tolerate, so I don’t get stuck eating gluten. When I told my girlfriend I was stocking up, she asked me to send her a list of what I’d be getting. Again, I’m not an expert, but these are the non-perishable staples I want to have on hand just in case. Most of them will be purchased at Thrive Market and Costco.
My hope is to have at least two-four weeks of food stocked in our home.
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Here’s what I’m buying:
Simple Mills Crackers
Wild Zora soup powder mixes
“healthy” Ramen cups for my husband
Nuts & seeds
Dried lentils (I will soak these before eating them to improve digestibility)
Quinoa + rice (These will also be soaked to improve digestibility)
Several pounds of meat to store in the freezer, including whole roasting chickens so I have bones leftover for broth
Don’t forget your animal friends!
I’m also getting extra dog and chicken food, just in case!
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Are you buying anything that isn’t on my list? Let me know in the comments!