As Ohio leaders and health officials work to contain the spread of coronavirus, the Ohio Department of Health released a checklist of items and ways to prepare households for any infectious disease outbreak, including coronavirus.
The following is a list of things people should keep at their homes and steps they should take to prepare:
Keep an adequate supply of water, food and pet food in your home.
Talk to your healthcare provider, pharmacist or insurance provider about getting an emergency supply of prescription drugs to keep at home.
Get a working thermometer and respiratory medications, such as decongestants, expectorants and analgesics (ibuprofen and pain relievers).
Get a flu shot if you haven't already this season. While it doesn't protect against coronavirus, it can help protect against the flu or lessen symptoms, decreasing the strain on health care facilities.
Talk to immediate family, relatives and friends about each others' possible needs in the event of an outbreak.
Talk to neighbors about planning. Join neighborhood information websites or emails.
The ODH also offered the following prevention tips:
Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Dry hands with a clean towel or air dry hands.
Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
Stay home if sick.
Avoid contact with people who are sick.
Keep soap, hand sanitizer and tissues with you and make them easy to access at home.
Keep household cleaners and wipes available and use according to directions.
Clean "high-touch" surfaces every day. High-touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables. Clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool or body fluids on them.