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How can I be prepared for a pandemic?

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A pandemic causes economic and social disruption due to high rates of illness and worker absenteeism. This is especially true if absenteeism affects key services such as transportation, communication, or power.

Here are a few things you can do:

  • Plan ahead, in case services are disrupted. This is especially important if someone in your family has special needs. For example, make sure to have a way to fill needed prescriptions.
  • See if you can work from home in the event of a pandemic.
  • Plan home learning activities if school is closed.
  • Store extra water, food, and supplies.
  • Stay as healthy as you can by getting adequate rest, managing stress, eating right, and continuing to exercise.
  • Assist seniors in your community.

From: Pandemics WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

World Health Organization: “Disease Outbreaks.”

World Health Organization: “Ten things you need to know about pandemic influenza.”

PandemicFlu.gov: “Planning & Response - Swine Flu.”

PandemicFlu.gov: “Community Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Mitigation.”

PandemicFlu.gov: “Individuals and Families Planning.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 2, 2020

SOURCES:

World Health Organization: “Disease Outbreaks.”

World Health Organization: “Ten things you need to know about pandemic influenza.”

PandemicFlu.gov: “Planning & Response - Swine Flu.”

PandemicFlu.gov: “Community Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Mitigation.”

PandemicFlu.gov: “Individuals and Families Planning.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 2, 2020

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