As the outbreak of coronavirus becomes more pronounced so does the need to stay at home on lockdown and there are so many reasons to stay at home for a while. Most people now have to work from home as the number of infected people keeps going up and the need to stay protected increases as well.
Thousands of U.S citizens have been reported to be quarantined due to coronavirus exposure and if this is to happen, there are a couple of things you might want to have in place.
Currently, countries like Italy or a US country are under lockdown and some countries did mandate working from home while the risk of getting infected dies down and there is also the most severe case of those who are self quarantined after coming in contact with someone who is infected with the virus and also those self quarantined after exhibiting flu-like symptoms
If you are self quarantined for any reason, there are tons of ways you can ensure you are well prepared and won’t be so anxious about having to do a couple of things for a while.
Below are some of the things you need to have at home in case of a lockdown.
All The Things to Shop For Incase Of A Lockdown Due to The Coronavirus
What should you have at home for the emergency lockdown? As the reported numbers of coronavirus in the U.S, many Americans are preparing for the possibility of quarantine and this is where the question of what to have at home comes in, below are some suggestions on what you might need to have on your shopping list.
Enough food is highly recommended, however, you might want to watch out for the kinds of foods you store at home, it is best to go for non-perishable food items and also to be stored properly. You stockpile should consist mainly of canned foods that have a long storage life and most food items that could last for two weeks, avoid stockpiling fruits and vegetables that will likely spoil in 14 days. Examples of foods to have at home are:
- Nonperishables (Rice, grains, pasta, oats)
- Long-life milk or milk powder
- Pet food
- Canned foods ( beans, tomatoes, soup, fruits, tuna)
- Cans of coconut milk
- Dried food and nuts
You should also not forget to have snacks and other comforting foods like coffee, chips, chocolate, and crackers on this list and although this is not essential but can come in handy in when you need something to calm your nerves during the quarantine.
Baby supplies should be the next on your checklist if you do have a baby, you don’t need to stockpile baby food but if you do not want to order the wrong baby products online then you might try getting the only thing you consider essential:
- Baby food
- Bottled water
- Baby wipes
It is essential to have a ready supply of medicines at hand and other health care products if you are going to be at home for a while, some prescribed drugs come with a quantity limit hence you should consult your doctor or insurance provider to help you submit an exception form and aim to have at least a 30 day supply like some of these listed below:
- A safety aid kits to treat any injuries
- Safety goggles
- Over the counter medications like pain relievers, cough drops, vitamins and medicines in case of vomiting or diarrhea
After food is taken care of then the next thing to worry about would be water, you can always use water from your tap but ensure you use a filtration system and remember to stock up some extra filter so you don’t run out of before it’s safe to return to the store and if you are making use of bottled water, you should have enough supply at hand. You can also stock up in other hydrating liquids like Pedialyte and Gatorade.
Here is another area that is very essential in the fight against coronavirus (COVID19), if you are going to be staying at home against to protect your self against flu and coronavirus, then hygiene is still as essential. It is highly recommended that the regular washing of your hands helps protect against coronavirus hence when stockpiling your quarantine kit, ensure some of these are added to it:
- Hand soap and disinfectant
- Toilet paper
- Female care products
- Cat litter
Other essential items to have in the house include:
- Disposable latex gloves
- Plastic sheeting
- Hand-cranked or battery-powered radio
- Toilet cleaner and other cleaning products
Hand sanitizers need to be 60% alcohol-based, you can also purchase meat, seafood, bread and rolls to have them freeze if there is room in your refrigerator.
An increasing number of countries have advised people to self-quarantine at least two weeks and also implement a series of sweeping social distancing and this includes banning public gatherings and shutting down schools. Make a plan to prevent boredom as much as you can especially if you have kids, plan ahead and stock up anything you consider essential to prevent being bored.
Think of all the necessary things you will need within a frame of 2 weeks.
Also as mentioned in our previous post on protecting yourself from the Coronavirus, one of the best things you can do is visit the WHO official website for the most reliable info on the disease.
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