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Essential Home Items For Times Of Emergency

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The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic health crisis. And nobody expected this to happen, even the well-established country in the world when it comes to health care and their government.

Because of this, community home-quarantine was implemented by different leaders in their respective countries. And people are panicking to buy things, afraid that they may run out of the necessities because COVID-19 has no known cure yet, and there is no specific assurance or guarantee to when this will last.

If you haven't read my previous post about how to continue a productive life with COVID-19, you can read it here. I also wrote about how to use your time wisely while being home-quarantined here.

COVID-19 causes many people to panic, and it makes us think irrationally. I even read conspiracy theories circulated online. But the fact of the matter is that like any virus if we don't practice proper hygiene, proper cough etiquette, and social distancing, it will double it's confirmed and death cases.

But you see, no one should panic because the WHO, together with our government and health care experts, are working hand-in-hand to find a cure to stop this health crisis. However, we need to be prepared for what might happen. Because as I've mentioned earlier, there's no specific detail to when this will end.

Here are a few essentials that you should prepare in your home for COVID-19 (and any time of such emergency).

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1. Food

Have enough non-perishable food on hand good for two weeks, and these are:

  • canned goods (soups, vegetables, fruits)

  • grains, pasta, rice

  • snacks (chips, crackers, nuts, etc.)

2. Drinks

A two-week supply of water and other beverages is important for making sure you are well-hydrated.

  • a gallon of water per day for each person in your family

  • water filters if you run out of water bottles

  • hydrating drinks like Gatorade or Pedialyte

3. Hygiene

Good hygiene is essential, particularly thorough handwashing. So, make sure you are stocked up with these:

  • antibacterial soap

  • hand sanitizers with 70% alcohol content

  • toilet paper

  • tissues

  • disinfecting wipes

  • feminine care products

  • laundry detergent

  • dish/soap detergent

4. Medicines

Have an adequate supply of any of your maintenance and prescription drugs. A 30-day supply is ideal, according to Dr. Marguerite Neill. It's also good to have these:

  • OTC pain relievers, antihistamines, cough suppressants

  • First aid kits

5. If you have babies at home

Don't forget your babies essentials:

  • bottles

  • formulas

  • baby food

  • diapers

6. Gear

  • face masks

  • batteries

  • emergency kits

7. Your behavior and mental state

Having all the right stuff would not make you completely prepared. When you incorporate the right behavior like practicing social distancing, proper hygiene, and proper cough etiquette. You'll be helping not only yourself, your family, but all others in your community too.

If you get sick, call your doctor, and be tested. Do these things to quarantine yourself.

  • work from home

  • don't share your stuff to others

  • separate yourself from other people that you live with

  • wear a face mask - to protect those that are around you

  • wash and disinfect doorknobs and other surfaces

In summary, you don't need to panic. Buy these essential things suitable for a two-week supply. And remember, no matter how prepared you are if you don't incorporate it with the right behavior and mental state, all these things for being prepared is nothing.

So, what are your essential home items in this COVID-19 crisis? Share them down below.

Source: https://www.syracuse.com/health/2020/02/coronavirus-checklist-is-your-home-ready-for-new-china-virus-quarantine.html


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