The Coronavirus is traveling fast and this week there has been a case for the first time in my hometown, Barcelona. The patient is 36 and the case doesn’t seem too bad, she traveled from Italy and most likely brought it from there, and 25 other people are preventively being kept at home for two weeks.
So far, the Coronavirus has caused 80,000 infections and 2,700 deaths. The good news is that children seem less vulnerable to COVID-19, but with two little ones at home, it’s never a bad idea to get ready for a potential Coronavirus outbreak in our area. If nothing happens, we can always still use the stuff or donate it, and if it does, well, then we’ll be prepared.
The main motivation to stock up on food and meds is not because there’s going to be a shortage- although there may be- N95 masks are already currently unavailable on Amazon in my area- but to avoid crowds in order to reduce your chances of getting infected.
- Canned soups or ramen
- Snacks for the kids like Goldfish, Cheerios, or fruit and veggies pouches
- Canned veggies like green beans
- Canned legumes like chickpeas or beans
- Other foods like chicken (you can freeze it)
- Canned tuna or spam
- Bottled water
- If you have pets, don’t forget their food!
Cleaning supplies & other supplies
- Bleach or alcohol will most likely kill the virus, so clean, clean clean!
- Wipe down all surfaces, even if it’s only with soap and water
- Sanitizing wipes
- Masks like N95 ones and plastic gloves are a good idea if you’re sick, to prevent others from catching the virus
- If you have a baby, you may want to stock up on diapers and baby wipes
- If you take daily medications, make sure you have enough for 2 weeks
- Fever reducers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen
- Hydrating drinks such as Gatorade and Pedialyte for kids
Hopefully, you won’t need this list, but if you do, you’ll be ready.