What You Need
Food: To minimize extra trips to the grocery store, plan to have two weeks' worth of long-lasting staples like rice, beans, pasta, soup, canned fruit and vegetables. Don’t forget pet food!
Face masks: The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
Over-the-counter medicine: As with the seasonal flu, chief symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, body aches, and coughing. Over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil) can help to treat fevers and aches. Make sure you have a proper functioning thermometer to monitor potential fevers.
Prescription drugs: Secure a three-month supply of prescription medications. Ask your doctor for a 90-day prescription and consider getting it delivered through the mail, which can save money and eliminate regular trips to the drugstore where you might encounter people who are sick.
Household and Cleaning Supplies:
- Paper towels
- Toilet paper
- Garbage bags
- Laundry detergent
- Disinfectant cleaners
The coronavirus is effectively destroyed by almost any household cleaner or simple soap and water, or buy one of the disinfectant products on this list referenced by the CDC.
Get in the habit of routinely cleaning any household surfaces that you frequently come into contact with. The CDC’s list includes countertops, faucets, door knobs, drawer pulls, light switches, computer keyboards, tablets, remote controls, toilets, telephones, and the handles of brooms, mops, and pots and pans.