the time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. “inevitable” on Tuesday, I’d already strolled through the aisles at Costco, imagining the sort of things I’d want to have on hand in the event of a quarantine.
Cards on the table: I have prepper tendencies. Even under normal circumstances, I always have dozens of pounds of dried beans in my basement pantry. But I’m also a fact-checker, so I try to stick to evidence-based panic. I have not and will not purchase surgical masks. I stopped at an Asian market on Tuesday and picked up a few essentials (and you should, too).
I’m also not terribly concerned that the novel coronavirus spreading across the globe will kill my whole family. Most cases are mild, but governments could shut schools and companies could instruct employees to work remotely to prevent transmission. If we have to hunker down at home for a few weeks, I figure it’s worth procuring provisions.