- As the novel coronavirus spreads, voluntary or involuntary home quarantines could become more common.
- Hundreds of people in the US and thousands around the world are already living in semi-voluntary home quarantine for 14 days after traveling to China, according to the Associated Press.
- If you’re quarantined at home for two weeks, there are certain supplies you’ll want to stock up on like dry and canned goods, a gallon of water a day for every person in your home, and a 30-day supply of prescription medications.
As the novel coronavirus spreads, more people may be put under home quarantine.
Hundreds of US citizens evacuated from China’s Hubei province, where the outbreak originated, have undergone mandatory 14-day quarantines on military bases across the US. And others who were passengers aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has been linked to hundreds of cases of COVID-19, have also been in a two-week quarantine.
Thousands of others who have recently traveled to China are under a 14-day voluntary self-quarantine at home to see whether they develop symptoms, as NBC News reported.
The CDC is recommending that people who are sick with respiratory-disease symptoms voluntarily stay home, even as the agency acknowledges that these symptoms are still more likely to be from the flu than the novel coronavirus.
In the case of any survival emergency, the American Red Cross recommends keeping a supply of food, water, and household supplies like laundry detergent and diapers if you have small children.
Here’s everything you should have in your home emergency kit in the case of a possible quarantine amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to the American Red Cross, the CDC, and other experts.
You should have a 14-day supply of food for everyone in your household. Focus on dry and canned goods that are easy to prepare.