TUCSON - There are simple steps you can take to prevent the coronavirus in your community.
Across the country store shelves are being emptied out as Americans stock up on supplies.
Homeland Security recommends having a two-week supply of food on hand, should the virus continue to spread.
“The items that are likely to disappear from the shelves, number one is going to be bottled water, canned foods of all kinds, frozen foods that have a short list of ingredients,” said Phil Lempert, Grocery & Food Analyst.
The CDC says to prevent the spread of the virus, it is important to have a plan before an outbreak.
It is also important to take preventive measures right now such as staying home when you are sick, covering your coughs and sneezes with tissue and cleaning all of the surfaces you frequently touch or objects daily.
Dedicate a room specifically for household members who are sick.
Also, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you can’t wash your hands, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
You should also plan for potential changes at work and learn about emergency plans at your child’s school or childcare facility.
For more information on the coronavirus from the CDC, click here.