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Haper's Bazaar referenced Dr. Jonathan Fielding, distinguished professor of health policy and management at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, in a piece about what to buy for coronavirus preparedness.
As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world and more people are being advised to self-isolate or to quarantine, the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention has advised people to create a household plan in case there's an outbreak in their community. Keep in mind that while the virus is a serious health concern, especially for older adults or people who have chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, it's important not to panic (as of March 12, there have been 127,863 confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the globe, with 68,310 recoveries).
What you should do, however, is make some preparations. That means having basic essentials on hand such as food, medicine, and cleaning supplies. But being prepared does not mean stockpiling or hoarding. While the CDC states that people should have sufficient quantities of household items and groceries in the event that they need to stay home "for a period of time," the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is recommending two weeks' worth of supplies.
It's also important to remember that while you may want to keep a supply of bottled water in your house, water supply should not be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, Dr. Keith Roach, an internist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, told Men's Health.