I don’t scare easily. I try to assess situations like this and base my decisions on the facts rather than acquiesce to hysteria. This outbreak of coronavirus, however, is a little bit different.
I have asthma so I am one of those people with an underlying condition and am theoretically at higher risk for complications or death. I have significant problems breathing some mornings and a little bit of exacerbation would not be a good thing.
I’m glad we are out here away from town and not in close contact with other people. Our plan is to stay put for as long as possible when the crap hits the fan – which it will. I don’t know what the life cycle of this virus is so perhaps we aren’t being realistic. Still, minimizing our exposure to others seems prudent.
Today we stocked up on things that would help us stay comfortable for longer on our own. We grabbed a bunch of canned dinner-type items such as spaghetti and meatballs – things that provide protein but will keep indefinitely. A bag of potatoes and sweet potatoes seemed like a solid idea also.
We meant to buy some hand sanitizer but it was already sold out. Instead, we grabbed a few bottles of alcohol and some wipes so we could make our own version of sanitizing wipes – one for the car and one for home. The bleach is ready to go for surfaces.
My husband grabbed the extra gas cans and propane cylinders to fill up. Other than that, I’m not sure what else we can do. Our solar isn’t running at full strength but we can run most of our appliances and charge our batteries during the day. Our battery bank was damaged by over-discharging last year and won’t hold a charge. Until we replace them, we can only use energy that is passing directly from the panels to our trailer by way of the batteries while the sun is out.
We have plenty of wood on the property for heat and if it came down to it, for cooking over a fire. We have an unlimited water supply.
I looked up some natural antivirals and none are proven to be effective in warding off this virus but no proof doesn’t mean they don’t work. There simply isn’t evidence either way so we eat lots of garlic and I add coconut oil to my coffee for now – just in case.
Our entire school district closed this morning and some individuals are awaiting test results. The high school our son attends is being sanitized. I hope he isn’t sick. We activated the sanitation protocol and I’m crossing my fingers.
If it wasn’t for my asthma, I wouldn’t put much thought into this but because I’m at a higher risk, I’m ready to call the number that is listed in the local health department press release at the first sign of symptoms (should I come down with any).
Being able to sustain ourselves for a good month is reassuring to me. Could we outlast an outbreak though?