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Create a Plan of Action

1. Talk to your family members and roommates, or the people you interact with daily about what to do in case of an outbreak in your community.

  • Identify who are the most vulnerable people: older people (ages 60+), people with disabilities, smokers, and those with a compromised immune system are the most prone to the virus and need the most support.
  • Identify specific rooms in case you or your loved ones need to self-quarantine in an isolated setting.
  • Get to know the people in your community (while practicing social distancing). Find out about their plans of action.
  • Create an emergency contact list and share this with your support system and stay in touch frequently. Make sure to include your medical provider and emergency numbers.
  • If you are employed: find out your employer’s plan of action.
  • If you have children: find out your child’s school/child care’s plan of action.

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2. Practice good hygiene habits.

  • Avoid in-person contact with people who are sick. Instead, call them on the phone or use video services to connect.
  • Stay at home if you are sick (unless you are getting medical care).
  • Cover your cough, use tissues when you sneeze, and throw the tissues away immediately.
  • Frequently clean objects and surfaces.
  • Try not to touch your face.
  • Take care of your loved ones’ and your emotional health. Provide support and assurance, especially for children.

3. What to do if you think you are sick or come in contact with someone who has it

  • Please do:
    • Stay home except to get medical care.
    • Separate yourself from loved ones including pets in your home.
    • Wear a face mask when around other people.
    • Call ahead before visiting your medical provider and tell them you may have the COVID-19 virus in case they have a plan in place.
    • Alert your local health department or ask your medical provider to alert the department.
  • Please do not:
    • Stay in the waiting rooms (your medical provider should have a plan in place to avoid exposure to other patients).
    • Walk into a health center/urgent care (please call ahead instead).
    • Stay in public spaces or use public transportation.
    • Share personal household items.
  • Symptoms can include:

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4. Prepare an emergency home quarantine kit. It's ok to stockpile (not hoard) supplies in case of an outbreak in your community. Make sure you have a 14-day supply of daily items.

  • Remember: There may be things you will need specifically if you or a loved one is trans, such as:
    • Sufficient supply of hormones and syringes
    • Vaginal dilators or other medical items
    • Specific grooming or beauty items: razors, make-up, wigs, binders, packing equipment, etc.
    • Where applicable make sure you have access to legal documents, IDs and prescriptions

And like everyone, you are likely to need:

  • Daily Household Supplies
    • Water, drinks with electrolytes & food (enough for at least 14 days & has a long storage time)
    • First aid kit
    • Baby care items
    • Pet care items
    • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Toys, book and games
    • Cell phone
    • Local maps
  • Medical: Any prescription medications (such as hormones) or assistive devices (ask for a 14-day supply)
    • If you take hormones prescribed by a doctor, ask your doctor for an extended prescription so you can keep a bigger supply with you.
    • Copies of prescriptions – make sure to save these, especially for injectable medications!
    • Syringes, alcohol swabs, etc. for any injectable medications
    • Other medical devices or supplies (such as dilators)
  • Legal
    • Phone numbers for Lambda Legal, NCTE, and FEMA helpline
      • Lambda Legal National Help Desk, toll free: (866) 542-8336
      • FEMA Hotline: (800) 621-3362
      • National Center for Transgender Equality: (202) 642-4542
    • Court orders for name and/or gender change
    • Any identification that shows your chosen name and/or gender, including passport or school ID
    • If you don’t have identification matching your gender, a letter from your therapist or doctor if you have one
    • Important documents (such as insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.)
    • Cash and change
  • Appearance
    • Razors
    • Cosmetics and make-up
    • Wigs
    • Binding, packing equipment (e.g. binders, gaffs, packers)
    • Toiletries, hygiene items, moisture wipes
    • Clothing
  • More tips on building and storing your disaster supply kit.

5. What to do if your surgery was postponed

Many trans people are hurting during this public health crisis and have had gender affirming surgeries postponed It’s not a reflection of medical necessity and we know it’s a hardship, especially if you lose or change coverage in the meantime. Visit this page for more information about surgery postponements.

If you have trouble with your health insurance coverage, visit our health coverage guide.


Updated: 3/16/2021

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