Coronavirus is in the U.S.
More and more cases of the coronavirus are appearing in more and more countries. More cases are being identified in the U.S. While it maybe a long way from a pandemic, we should all consider what our actions might or might not be should the virus gain a strong foothold in the U.S.
Tuesday, Federal health officials advised schools and businesses to prepare for a nationwide spread of the coronavirus. The virus has killed more than 2,800 people worldwide.
“It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illness.” “Ultimately, we expect we will see community spread in this country,” Nancy Messonnier, a CDC director, said.
Planning is Underway
At the national level, planning efforts are underway for a response to a coronavirus spread. Congressional hearings are being conducted. San Francisco issued a “state of emergency.” As the closet port of entry from Asia, this is likely a prudent decision.
Recently, officials diagnosed a Korean Air flight attendant who logged several flights out of Los Angeles as infected.
No U.S. cities have implemented widespread quarantine protocols. Hopefully, none will. But, agencies are already discussing recommendations should a large outbreak occur. However, monitoring and recommended isolation is growing rapidly:
- California is monitoring at least 8,400 people for coronavirus
- Hundreds In New York Asked To Isolate Themselves, Including 112 On Long Island, 8 In Westchester
Storms and Hurricane Season are Approaching
The coronavirus threat is hitting at a time when natural disaster threats are typically high. Spring storms are just around the corner, and the annual hurricane season just three months away. Perhaps preparing should have a higher placement on your “to-do” list.
Imagine preparing for a pending hurricane or major rain storm with flooding WITH local coronavirus response efforts underway. To our knowledge, there are NO suggestions that the coronavirus could impact public or private water supplies. But, Mother Nature may not be deterred from imparting damage to your home, city, or state.
Consider Preparing Early
As a nation, we really don’t “prepare” very well. We will react wonderfully to a coming threat, but we really don’t prepare for future threats. Communities may implement “reduced contact” guidance in your area. Preparing for a coming storm could be even more difficult. You could be left behind in critical supplies—emergency water included.
We at Constant Water encourage early preparation for everyone this year. Regardless of what is on your storm or hurricane preparation list, don’t wait until the last minute. Do those tasks that can be done early.
Start your emergency water security preparation now–in what ever form you choose.
This year may be different, and not in a good way.