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Coronavirus and other emergencies: whatever supplies should be in the house
The global spread of the new corona virus is also increasingly scaring people in this country. Nevertheless, experts repeatedly point out that there is no need to panic and that buying hamsters, as observed in Italy in the past few days, is inappropriate. But certain food supplies should always be available in every household for emergencies.
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), 53 cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection have been confirmed in Germany (as of February 28, 2020, 10:00 a.m.). However, it is expected that the corona virus will spread even further in this country. To protect themselves, everyone should follow certain hygiene rules such as regular hand washing. In addition, experts recommend storing certain food supplies at home in an emergency.
No reason to buy hamsters
The new coronavirus Covid-19 is spreading in Europe. This is of great concern to many people. In Italy, for example, supermarkets have even been bought empty in some regions. And in this country too, some people are starting to store food.
Hamster purchases are not necessary, but according to experts, certain food supplies should always be available in every household in the event of a disaster.
The Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief has summarized on its website which supply of food and beverages is recommended in order to be prepared for catastrophes for ten days.
The agency's tips do not apply specifically to a coronavirus pandemic, but can be applied to any kind of emergency.
Supplies for ten days
A person can possibly do without food for three weeks, but only four days without liquid.
- Keep around 14 liters of liquid per person per week.
- Suitable drinks are mineral water, fruit juices, drinks that can be stored for longer.
- No experiments. Above all, keep food and drinks that you and your family normally use.
- Electricity gone? Make sure that food can be stored longer without refrigeration and that most of your food can also be eaten cold.
- All food should have a long-term shelf life without cooling. Pay attention to the best before date. Label food without labeling with the purchase date.
- You should keep food cool, dry and dark. Pay attention to airtight packaging.
- Newly bought supplies belong “backwards” on the shelf. Use up the older foods first.
- Frozen food is also part of the emergency stock. They can be easily used in the event of a power failure. Do not re-freeze thawed food.
- Cooking without electricity and gas? There are many alternatives in the trade such as camping stoves etc.
- When storing food, also think of special foods - e.g. B. for diabetics, allergy sufferers or babies.
- Do you have pets? Cover their needs!
The Federal Office has also published a checklist with tables that show a person's daily needs for food and beverages. (ad)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.