President Trump and federal officials are urging Americans to adhere to a “15 days to slow the spread” program to address the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance advises people to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people and to work from home when possible, but some cities – notably San Francisco – are urging citizens to “shelter in place.”
As you consider how best to make sure you’re prepared for less social activity, we have rounded up some of the essentials you should consider having on-hand.
1. A 30-day supply of your prescriptions.
2. Hand soap and hand sanitizer: A lot of hand soap and hand sanitizer products are sold out on most online retailers until early April, so you may have to shop around for some brands that may be less familiar.
7. Cold, cough and flu medicines: These are also sold out on major retailer’s websites but might come back in stock at the end of March. You should have cough and flu medicine on-hand to manage symptoms of the coronavirus. Also, you should always have a first-aid kit.
10. Toilet paper.
16. Water filters: You don’t need to buy all of the water bottles in Target. The water supply will not be affected by coronavirus. If you prefer filtered water, invest in a water filter instead of buying mass quantities of bottles.
17. Home office necessities: If you’re working from home for the first time, you might miss the comforts of your office. Computer monitors, office chairs and noise-canceling headphones might make your working-from-home experience more pleasant.
18. Streaming services: Hulu + Live, Hulu, Disney+, fuboTV, Amazon Prime Video, Sling, Starz, Showtime and HBO Go: If you’re going to remain cooped up in your home or apartment for the foreseeable future, you want to make sure you have enough ways to entertain yourself or your family.
21. Board games.