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Coronavirus emergency kit: What you need to survive the pandemic
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In order to avoid over-burdening already maxed out hospitals, people who have the coronavirus with mild symptoms will be sent home to recover.
"The vast, vast majority of people who get coronavirus will have a mild illness and can be treated at home," Dr. David Markenson, the medical director at the Center for Disaster Medicine at New York Medical College told FOX Business.
However, if a person does get the coronavirus and is sent home to recover, he or she also has to quarantine for at least two weeks to avoid getting others sick.
That's why everyone should prepare their own coronavirus emergency kit with certain medications, cleaning supplies and other items.
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For those who are quarantining at home, there are some warning signs to look out for, Markenson said, including change in thinking or behavior, difficulty breathing, chest pain, inability to stand or walk, changes in color — particularly if the person's face or lips become blue — that would indicate they could need emergency care.
"We always advise you to talk to your health care provider and if you really have warning signs, obviously it's 911 or a hospital," Markenson said.
"If you are going to go seek care somewhere, let them know you're coming because they may wish to take precautions for other patients either in an office or at home or at a facility, or they may ask you to go into a different part of the hospital because they're segregating people to keep people who might have coronavirus from others," he added.
However, if you don't see any of those warning signs, here are the things you'll need to have now in case you or someone else in your household gets the coronavirus, according to several doctors.
For other resources on how to prepare your home for the coronavirus, The American Red Cross has a list of safety tips to follow, according to Markenson, who helped develop the list as the national chair to the Scientific Advisory Council for the American Red Cross.
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Personal protective equipment
Personal protective equipment (PPE), including store-bought or homemade cloth masks, are important.
Hand sanitizer that's at least 60 percent alcohol and soap and water are also essential.
"Washing your hands with soap and water is actually very effective in disinfecting your hands, even just regular old soap that doesn't have any kind of antibacterial properties," Dr. John Mafi, an assistant professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA told FOX Business.