With Coronavirus declared a global pandemic, we all must take the time to prepare ourselves. Non-perishable foods and toilet paper are in short supply around the world, and medications are yet another concern.
For most people, Coronavirus feels much like a cold and you only need over the counter essentials to combat the symptoms.
If you’re uncertain what to look for when gathering up supplies, keep reading. We’ll go through all of the things to pick up when you’re next at the store to keep you and your family comfortable during these trying times.
Often with these flu-like symptoms, coughing and headaches cause irritation and pain. You’ll want to stock up on pain medication so that you have enough for at least 30 or so days.
Make sure to get different strengths and types to suit the people in your family. Lower dosages are better for younger kids and choosing chew-able ones to make it easier for them to take.
With many people trying to gather up extra supplies, it might become difficult to find what you need. In that case, it’s good to turn to an outside pharmacy checker to get what you need at a reasonable price.
Coronavirus hits with a strong fever so the next most important thing to look for is a medication that reduces fevers. A lot of the time, pain meds and fever reducers go hand in hand so you can often use one pill for both purposes.
Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and naproxen are all great ways to bring down high fevers. All of them work in similar ways, so it’s down to availability as to which one you should purchase.
A clogged nose is an annoying symptom that none of us want to deal with on top of everything else. That’s why nasal sprays are a great asset to pick up and have at home in case someone gets sick.
With a quick application, you’ll find it much easier to breathe and relax. Make sure to get one for each family member as it’s not a good idea to share these kinds of meds!
While nasal sprays are a quick solution to aid in breathing, decongestants give longer-lasting relief. They’ll soothe the congestion from within, giving further aid to the problem. You’ll want to be on the lookout for antihistamines that fight against congestion for as long as possible.
Using both a nasal spray and a decongestant is the best of both worlds. Always double-check that both medications can be used at the same time as some specific brands don’t mix well with others.
To ensure a speedy recovery and to keep yourself healthy if you’re not yet sick, you need to stay hydrated. Often during times of stress and illness, electrolyte levels are affected. Without proper electrolytes, your muscles ache more and you aggravate existing respiratory problems.
Potassium, sodium, and calcium are natural electrolytes found in our foods but when we’re sick, it’s harder to get the right amounts. That’s why you should stock up on some electrolyte solutions to help keep your levels stable.
Sports drinks are okay in a pinch, but the best and longest-lasting variety are powder solutions. Add this powder to almost any drink of a personalized electrolyte replenisher.
In the following sections, we’ll touch on a few more supplies that are medical but are not OTC specific. By getting a good balance between all of these types of supplies, you’ll ensure that your family is ready for any medical ordeal in the coming weeks.
If you have prescriptions, it’s best to get them refilled so that you have a good supply for an extended period. Call your doctor to get another refill early if necessary. This way, you’ll spend less time going back to the pharmacy in the future when Coronavirus might be even more widespread.
One of the dangers of a pandemic is the confusion and uncertainty that go with it. To keep panic at bay, do your research beforehand. Check reliable sources, such as the CDC website, for proper information.
Keep a checklist posted somewhere so that you and your family can check off symptoms and keep an eye on when it’s time to go see a doctor. Having this kind of information accessible makes things feel less overwhelming.
Washing your hands with regular soap for at least 20 seconds at a time is a simple way to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. When you’re unable to wash your hands with soap and water, use sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
Stock up on these two things to help stop the spreading of the virus throughout your home but don’t buy more than you’ll need. Other families will need similar supplies, too!
Coronavirus lingers in the air for several minutes but it lasts even longer on certain surfaces like metal and glass. Disinfect these surfaces at least twice a day to stop Coronavirus from sticking around in your home.
When an ill person uses something, make sure they wipe down everything they touch. Disinfectant wipes are great for this and make it easier to turn this activity into a habit.
The cure for Coronavirus is still estimated to be a year or so away at this point. If you end up with this virus, it’s important that you stay home and isolated from others so that you don’t end up spreading it further.
This virus affects most people like the flu and these over the counter essentials provide a lot of comfort for those symptoms. Most of the time, these OTC medications and rest are all you need to fight it off. If your symptoms get worse or you have trouble breathing, it’s time to go to see a doctor right away.
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