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The 2020 hurricane season is underway and this year, coupled with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there may be added stress when it comes to ensuring safety from both storm damage and the spread of infection. Being properly prepared can help ensure personal safety and well-being, and it's equally important to have appropriate medical provisions on hand as it is food and water.
"It is important to have food, water and other household supplies when preparing for a hurricane or other disaster, but it is also important to take stock of your health care necessities and prepare a first-aid kit, as well," says Dr. Vandana Bhide, a Mayo Clinic internist.
Dr. Bhide recommends these supplies:
As you put your plan into place, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers these extra considerations to protect you and others from COVID-19.
Mayo Clinic has more information on hurricane health and safety preparedness, and storm cleanup tips.
Check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for additional updates on COVID-19. For more information and all your COVID-19 coverage, go to the Mayo Clinic News Network and mayoclinic.org.