(CNN)Just over two weeks ago, I was visiting New York City, and the world felt poised on a precipice.
As cases ratcheted up in the city and I girded against potential coronavirus infection, I decided to grab a cheap flight back sooner than planned. In the time of coronavirus, the ticket cost about as much as the Uber to Newark.
On March 13, one of my roommates back home in Atlanta emailed us a Google document, outlining our household's policies and procedures for reckoning with the burgeoning pandemic. Pertinent to me was a directive on the list that anyone returning from out-of-town travel was to wash all of his clothes as soon as he got home.
I live in a spacious, modern two-story house with two other guys in their 20s in Atlanta's Grant Park neighborhood, about a 10-minute drive away from the CNN Center.
Now, faced with the prospect of a months-long pathogenic siege, we had a plan to fortify our household's pandemic defenses.
Just like having a fire escape plan, there's a need for all families to have in-case-of-emergency pandemic plans. Living with roommates is no different.