With the continued cases of Coronavirus spreading in the region, it is in every Kenyan’s mind that the reality of a lockdown may happen sooner than we may think.
In less than two days, the number of confirmed cases have doubled with several others being locked up in facility for quarantine.
However, the sad reality is that most Kenyans are not fully prepared incase the government results to calling for a complete lockdown.
Some argue that it is because of the lack of finances as most people barely live in the two dollar-a-day budget, others think the virus will be contained soon.
However are you prepared, and if not, what do you really need to survive for an unknown duration of time?
Food shortages may be a key issue if lockdown happens but it can’t hurt to stock a month of nonperishable food.
The likes of cereals and soups are particularly recommended for variety and ease of preparation if sick, as well as the comfort value.
Water is unlikely to be critical, but if you live somewhere without a drinkable tap supply, stock up on a month of bottled water, too.
Fresh fruit and vegetables are often the hardest things to get, so buy vitamin tablets, especially a strong supply of vitamin C.
Easy access to cash
As business struggle with continued closure, it is important to note that many small business will not be able to pay salaries for very long if lockdown happens.
It is therefore wise to work around getting some money lying in your house just incase you may need to make some purchase or emergency travel.
Start thinking now about what a month of no or reduced income would mean to you—and preparing to move as much of your work life online as possible.
That goes double if your business depends on public spaces, especially restaurants.
Spending time with children
How often do you spend time with your children, siblings or parents is a hard question for many, but one that needs you to answer now.
With the many hours spent at work or away from home, its important to think of what to do as every family member will be in the house for an unknown period of time
Parents advised, in particular, clearing a space for physical exercise and doing regular games—not just to alleviate boredom but to tire them out.
Lyman Stone, an American dealing with children stuck at home thanks to the school closures in Hong Kong, had particularly good advice. “Major recommendation: find sunlight. If you can leave the building and play in a common space do it. If you can go to a park do it. If you can only sit on a balcony do that.” He also recommended “unusual lessons. Give your kids lessons in things you love but that aren’t school curriculum,” such as singing or cooking.
Come up with a routine exercise
You will be spending time alot on TV, and probably sleeping, that tells you that you need to ensure you exercise once or more in a day.
Dr. Hand suggests sticking with your exercise routine, adding that it is “very, very important for mental health”.
“It is very important that people keep a close eye on what they are allowed to do as well as what they may have been prohibited from doing. So, for instance, if people are still able to take regular exercise, albeit safely”.
Don’t find solace in alcohol
One person once said Kenya is a drinking nation, it is this time when we must prove this wrong and not spend all the time at home imbibing in drinks.
“On social media, it seems to be really popular to talk about panic buying wine and such. But we know that, joking aside, there are potentially harmful consequences to trying to use alcohol and other substances”.