A surprising and rather overwhelming phenomenon occurred at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Without much warning, all of a sudden people began stockpiling a variety of what they thought were essential items that they would need to make it through. Things like toilet paper were nowhere to be found, and you could consider yourself lucky to be able to find either fresh or frozen meats at your local grocery store.
While these drastic stockpiling measures seem to have subsided, many people are still having to deal with shelter-in-place and lockdown orders from their state or local governments. Because of such unprecedented occurrences, there are a few things you will want to make sure you have on hand for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.
1. Masks and Face Coverings
As areas begin to make plans for easing lockdown restrictions, it is becoming abundantly clear that, at least for the foreseeable future, going to public places without a mask or face covering will be out of the question. For this reason, your list of coronavirus essentials must include masks and face coverings for the whole family.
People are still being discouraged from purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) for obvious reasons. The general recommendation is that any type of fabric face covering will be sufficient to create a barrier that the virus cannot pass through. You can even make your own mask at home if you are so inclined.
Keep in mind that even if you aren’t particularly worried about catching the coronavirus yourself, wearing a mask or face covering will prevent you from accidentally spreading it to another person who might be at a much higher risk than you are. In such times, this is a simple way in which everyone can contribute to the common good.
2. Cleaning Supplies
One of the best ways to keep yourself and your family healthy during this time is to stock up on household cleaning supplies. While these were incredibly hard to come by at the beginning of the pandemic, many grocery store chains have risen to the challenge and been able to provide an adequate supply of disinfectants and cleaners.
Surfaces like doorknobs and handles should be given a wipe every few days. Take note of any other surfaces that you or anyone else in your household touch when you arrive back at your house after a trip to the store or other essential outing. These should all be given a wipe with a disinfecting cleaner as well.
3. Important Medication
While you want to avoid being one of those people who cleans the local grocery store out of over-the-counter pain killers and the like, it is a good idea to stock up on any medication that is important for you or a member of your household. Things like prescription medications should be refilled as soon as possible. If you take anything on a regular basis, you will want to ensure that you at least have a 14-day supply on hand of any essential medications that you shouldn’t go without.