The Things You Need in Your Coronavirus First Aid Kit

As the weeks of social distancing and staying home drag on, more and more of us are looking for ways to feel more prepared — prepared for longterm isolation, for family or friends to come down with symptoms or for managing any other concerns that allergy season might throw at us along the way.

Since we aren’t advised to make runs to the pharmacy or grocery store frequently — and especially not if we or someone we know starts experiencing COVID-19 symptoms — it only makes sense to do what we can to assemble a preparedness kit for a not-so-great case scenario. While towing the responsible community member line of having all that you need without going overboard and causing issues for your friends and neighbors, it’s advised that you consider some non-perishable pantry items (for two weeks at a time), a drinkable water supply (or filtration system if your tap isn’t ideal), the regular, appropriate amount of toilet paper or wiping substitutes and a supply of any regular prescriptions you take. In addition to those things, we’re also considering items that will be helpful to you if someone in your house starts to come down with symptoms — think in terms of OTC meds that can alleviate discomfort from symptoms, keep the household disinfected as possible and help everyone stay on track to look after their health.

A lot of these items might seem obvious, or maybe they’re just things you overlook until you’re without them. Nonetheless, they are great stand-by picks to keep in your medicine cabinet (wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve already got a few of them!) — and even just organizing what you’ve got between now and your next safe, socially-distanced store run can be a wonder for your anxiety.

And, again, be a cool and respectful neighbor and don’t buy more than you need.

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