What do you need to buy before coronavirus outbreak?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) is telling Americans that they should be prepared for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak. Here are the items recommend to prepare:

1. Prepare 2-week’s food and water

Prepare food that have long life shelf ahead in case anything happen, also avoid not necessary grocery shopping when coronavirus outbreak kick in. For example:

  • Cases of Water
  • Rice and other grains
  • Pasta
  • Beans
  • Nuts and dried fruits
  • Can food
  • Frozen food that can store freezer for a long time, such as red meat, seafood, frozen fast food, etc.
  • Seasoning
  • Have enough pet food if you have pets at home

2. Prepare some prescription drugs in advance

Especially to patients with chronic diseases, family members should make sure those patients have enough medicines in case you can’t go out to refill those when serious COVID-19 outbreak kick in.

3. Prepare some common over-the-counter medicines

Currently, we do not have medicines can cure COVID-19 virus, but we should prepare some common OTC medicines to cure some common cold or Mild pneumonia. If OTC medicines work that could save your time to see doctor and reduce risk to spread the virus or get infected by someone else.

For example, you may need to check your temperature.

Braun Digital Ear Thermometer ThermoScan 5 IRT6500

Antipyretic and paracetamol and ibuprofen for fever, headache, muscle pain, joint pain and other symptoms:

Basic Care Extra Strength Acetaminophen Caplets 500 Count

Basic Care Ibuprofen Tablets 500 Count

Cough medicine Delsym or cough expectorant Mucinex DM:

Delsym Cough Suppressant Alcohol Free Orange Flavored Liquid- 2 Pack, 5 ounces Bottle

Cough Suppressant and Expectorant, Mucinex DM Maximum Strength 12 Hr Relief Tablets, 42ct, 1200 mg, Thins & loosens Mucus That Causes Chest Congestion

Pepto Bismol for nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, and electrolyte solution to prevent dehydration caused by fever, sweat, diarrhea, etc:

Pepto Bismol Liquid, 12 fl oz, 2 Pack, Nausea, Heartburn, Indigestion, Upset Stomach, and Diarrhea Relief, Original Flavor

Pedialyte Electrolyte Powder, Variety Pack, Electrolyte Hydration Drink, 0.3 oz Powder Packs, 8 Count

There are also vitamin supplements to boost your immunity, like Airborne or Emergen-C

Vitamin C 1000mg – Airborne Zesty Orange Effervescent Tablets (30 count in a box), Gluten-Free Immune Support Supplement and High in Antioxidants, Packaging May Vary

Emergen-C Vitamin C 1000mg Powder (30 Count, Tropical Flavor, 1 Month Supply), With Antioxidants, B Vitamins And Electrolytes, Dietary Supplement Fizzy Drink Mix, Caffeine Free

4. Prepare enough daily necessities hygiene supplies

Such as toilet paper, hand sanitizer, detergent, etc. During the outbreak, paying attention to personal hygiene and home cleaning can greatly reduce the risk of disease transmission.

For instant, bring some hand soap or hand sanitizer with you when you heading out, recommend to get a water-free hand sanitizer containing more than 60% alcohol.

PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer, Refreshing Gel, 8 fl oz Sanitizer Table Top Pump Bottles (Pack of 2) – 9652-06-EC2PK

Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap, Fresh Breeze – 7.5 fluid Ounce (Pack of 6)

Alternatively, the individually packaged alcohol cotton pads are easy to carry, and are very useful whether they are used to wipe hands or disinfect items.

Dynarex Alcohol Prep Pad Sterile, Medium (Pack of 200)

Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, Lemon & Lime Blossom, 320ct ,Packaging May Vary (Pack of 4), 4X80

Household disinfectants contain chlorine bleach and medical alcohol. You may also prepare one bottle each for emergency use.

Concentrated Clorox HE Regular Bleach, 121 Oz. (Pack of 1)

Amazon Brand – Solimo 99% Isopropyl Alcohol First Aid Antiseptic For Technical Use,16 Fluid Ounces

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