How to Survive Another Pandemic: 5 Preparation Tips
Sooner or later, there might be a disease that’ll become another pandemic. Sadly, it’s never an impossible thought that humanity will have to face numerous pandemics in the future. The only question is when.
Public health and emergency management specialists are starting to prepare for the next pandemic, even though we’re still recovering from the recent COVID-19. Therefore, as ordinary citizens, we should also start doing our job and prepare for it as well to avoid the fiasco that was in 2020.
Guard your health and finances with these preparation tips to survive the next big pandemic.
Identify How to Acquire Additional Funds
If there’s a financial lesson that the pandemic has given us, having savings equivalent to your salary for six months is not enough. The COVID-19 pandemic took two years before the world started to recover.
Many individuals lost their jobs, businesses went bankrupt, and families exhausted their savings. That’s why you must know where to source additional funds if needed, even though you know that you have savings in your bank account. There are many ways you can acquire additional money.
The next option is to acquire a loan. You can apply for a personal loan, a credit card cash advance, or get a payday loan online. Start studying these sources and see which one suits you best. This way, you can have a backup plan if you exhaust your funds.
Open a Business That Can Survive a Pandemic
Aside from having a stable job, you must also think of a way to earn if you ever lose it. One way to provide another source of income is to start a business. Unfortunately, however, we have witnessed numerous businesses that closed down during the COVID-19 pandemic, but we also saw some emerge despite the challenges.
So, as a part of your preparation, you should come up and start a business that will thrive even during a pandemic. Use the current pandemic as a reference and see which businesses closed down and which ones are thriving. Your business should also be able to operate online.
Lockdowns make physical trade impossible, which can end up shutting down businesses. With an online platform, you can freely trade your products through special, non-contact deliveries.
For business owners, you must also start creating viable plans and strategies using what you’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic to prepare for the next pandemic. It will help you and your employees retain your source of living despite a pandemic hitting us again.
Plan on How to Cope With Mental Health Issues During a Pandemic
Aside from the impact of COVID-19 on our physical health, isolation and job loss can have a different impact on our mental health. Health experts mention the rising cases of anxiety, depression, distress, and a decrease in self-esteem due to job loss and isolation brought on by the pandemic.
Adults in homes who suffer from loss of employment or a decrease in incomes have a higher prevalence of psychiatric illness manifestations than those who didn’t lose their job or source of income (53% vs. 32%) during the pandemic.
To ensure that you and your family will survive the next pandemic with healthy physical and mental well-being, you must prepare before it happens. Since job and income loss have been the leading cause of the increased mental health issues during the current pandemic, ensuring that you won’t lose yours when the next one comes is important.
Moreover, it would be best if you also created a plan to deal with possible lockdowns and quarantine periods, such as indoor activities that entertain your family.
Make Your Home Pandemic Ready
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people have decided to renovate their homes in a way that can sustain them throughout the global emergency that will come in the future. In addition, many families decided to add more house rooms as an office for work-from-home situations.
An extra room with a bathroom inside is also highly considered nowadays due to quarantine requirements for COVID-19. Moreover, adding a garden in your backyard or front lawn where vegetables can be grown is also becoming a new trend in gardening and house design ideas.
Educate Your Entire Family and Your Community
Preparing for a pandemic is not a one-person job. It’s a collective effort of your family and the community. If you learn about pandemic preparations from the proper authorities, you must share them with your neighbors. Letting your family participate in the preparation is also highly advised.
You can conduct drills in your home or ask the local government to organize a drill regularly in case of any global emergency. First, however, you must remember that a pandemic results from a disease outbreak that spreads across communities. That’s why the entire community must participate in preparation for a future pandemic.
Preparedness is the key to helping you survive a pandemic, reduce your chances of getting ill, or if already sick, increase your chance of recovering fast. Therefore, even though we are yet to exit the current pandemic, you should start preparing for the next one and avoid the mistakes you made.