Home Health Concerns


Paola Rodriguez and Alexia Menendez

The corona virus has just struck Miami, and students are preparing themselves to transfer their normal school life to virtual school. Families are in full preparation to be under quarantine, and keeping their loved ones safe during this crisis is their number one priority.

Health concerns are becoming prominent to everyone, and it is urgent that they are being informed on how fast the disease is progressing and what to do to prevent it. 

Stocking up on necessities is an important factor in staying safe. Food, drinks, medicine and disinfectants are some general ideas that will help you during this time. Generally, people should consider having about a two-week supply of these necessities. Canned foods are preferably best-mainly because it will not expire so quickly.

Here are some other options for foods that won’t expire:

  • Chips
  • Eggs
  • Dried Fruits
  • Oats
  • Popcorn
  • Tuna
  • Pasta
  • Craft Mac & Cheese
  • Ramen 
  • Nuts
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Crackers
  • Protein powders
  • Gallons of water
  • Powdered milk
  • Soda
  • Instant Coffee

Less moisture in the food, the longer it will take to expire. It is recommended that you start stocking up on all these foods before the grocery stores run out. 

Hand Sanitizer, and other medical components have had a drastic increase in pricing. Many people cannot afford to spend so much money on medicine and disinfectants, which is concerning a lot of civilians. Some products as simple as Purell hand sanitizers, has gone up to almost $113.20 for 2L. In Italy, sales of hand soap were up 29%, and the amount of purchases for hand sanitizer in the United States were up 73%. 

Disinfecting your house and keeping everything clean is one of the most important things you could do. If all of a sudden, Miami goes on lockdown and you can’t leave your house, you will need to be prepared for what’s gonna come. There is a higher risk of you catching the virus if your house is dirty or unprepared, and having to live under those conditions for weeks will give you a less chance of survival.

Being mature and having common sense during this time is salient. Washing your hands throughly, eating vitamins and taking medicines to prevent this are crucial. 

Make sure to get your family tested before it’s too late, and always stay as clean as possible. ILS wishes you and your family the best of luck for this virus, and to remain out of contact with people.