In New York in 2013, as a United Nations (UN) Ambassador, I was part of a Committee that wrote a combined Position Paper (among other things) on Strategy when faced with Global Emergencies, and this was successfully presented to the UN. I was also on the Call Center for the Gas, Electricity and Water Crises’ in Victoria, so I have some knowledge of how people can cope and maybe some useful tips during the Coronavirus Disease / COVID19. I am by no means an expert in health and every field. Here are my tips:
The reality is that different people react differently to information. Some people ignore any and all news and believe they can control what impacts them. Obviously this is false. For example the French transport strikes impacted most people trying to travel during that time. My strong suggestion is to listen to announcements from reputable sources such as WHO and all relevant Government announcements and where to obtain information. You may wish to consider printing and putting up key actions of what you should be doing.
Have friends and family to rely on if needed. While one person may have heaps of toilet paper (for example) someone else might have something else. Support each other always. Support and information can also come from social media but must be measured for accuracy and good sources.
Above all do not panic. People do not cope well when they panic and may increase their health concerns to their detriment. For example in a fire in a building, if everyone did not evacuate in an ordered fashion some people could get injured.
As seen in China and other places, there may be disruptions to travel, utilities etc. The recommendations from WHO and others is to have board games and other things to occupy. My recommendation is to have candles and torches might be worthwhile. Likewise, a portable gas burner, to consider, just in case. Also, to listen to any announcements regarding disruptions to water, gas etc.
Think outside the square. If there isn’t any hand sanitizer for example, you can use Aloe Vera 1/3 and Whiskey 2/3.
Ration your emergency supplies, check your stocks and update if needed.
Support our most vulnerable groups. Think about who you can help.
The reality is that different countries have different budgets, different climates, different resources etc. The question here is when we have a Global concern, such as now, why do we wait to find out countries may not cope?
The following was supplied by my friends in Italy : “According to the World Health Organization (WHO) , Italy has halved beds for acute cases and ICU, from 575 per 100 thousand inhabitants to the current 275 A 51 % cut gradually from 1997 to 2015, which brings us to the bottom of the European ranking. While chronicles tell about healthcare personnel at the end, it must be remembered that national public health lost, between 2009 and 2017, more than 46 thousand employees. Over 8.000 doctors and more than 13 nurses, according to State Accounting. Figures that alone can show how hospitals and emergency rooms, already under pressure in the north, may not be able to handle the spread of the epidemic. Especially in central and southern regions, even less equipped and less staff. As denounced by the president of the Medici Executive Association, (Anaoo), hospital facilities have lost, in fact, 70 thousand beds, in the last 10 years alone.” So they are obviously concerned. I would hope, like in past situations, everyone across the globe helps each other in times of need.
I hope some of this information helps.