Just in case you’ve been living under a rock (but checking my blog?), the worst pandemic in a generation is gripping the world. If you’re looking for the bare minimum of what you should do:
- Stay home. Do not leave your home except to buy food or medication.
- Wash your hands regularly. Properly. With soap.
- Don’t touch your face.
- Take it seriously. People you know will be dead before it’s over.
That’s pretty much it really.
I wanted that version to be punchy, so I simplified a little bit. Here’s a few elaborations:
- Technically it’s fine to leave your home as long as you:
- Stay 6 feet away from other people at all times.
- Avoid enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces.
- Don’t touch anything that other people have touched.
- It’s possible that nobody you know will die from this, if:
- You are a hermit who doesn’t know anybody to begin with.
- You live in China, South Korea, or Japan. Those three countries are the only ones who have successfully contained the outbreak.
For a more in-depth look at the situation we’re in and possible outcomes I would recommend The Hammer and the Dance.
For statistics I would recommend WorldOMeter. Though be aware that with delays in incubation and delays in testing, any numbers are likely to be a week or more out of date. At least 4x any number you see.
For more information on your local situation and laws, check with your local government; I don’t know where you live. But do be aware that government response has been really really bad in most parts of the world (again excepting China, South Korea, and Japan). Take it more seriously than your government does.
For general advice on planning for disasters, I recommend this fantastic guide. It’s a bit late for a lot of the advice now, but some of it is still useful, and a lot of it will be useful if you survive this round.