How to Equip Your Home for Self-Isolation

Since the start of 2020, the United States and the rest of the world has come under attack from the coronavirus pandemic. And with over 12.5 million reported cases in the US and 258,000 deaths at present, the government has laid out restrictions on how we live our day to day lives.

In the event that you come into contact with someone with COVID-19, or you have tested positive for the coronavirus and are displaying symptoms, you will need to self-isolate. WHO (World Health Organization) and CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommend that you self-isolate for 14 days. If you need to do so, make sure you have everything you need to keep going. With that in mind, here are things you should purchase to equip your home for quarantine. 

Nonperishable Food

The federal government advises that you have a basic disaster supply kit that includes three days of nonperishable food for both you and other members of your household. If you need to self-isolate for a number of weeks, make sure you have plenty of pasta, cereals, canned goods, and dried fruits that will keep you well-fed. It’s best to avoid perishables, as they have a limited shelf life, and you will need to dispose of them.

Bottled Water

Whether you have contracted the coronavirus or been in contact with someone who has, you need to take care of your health and wellbeing. Drinking plenty of water during self-isolation is critical for staying hydrated and keeping your mind and body in check. There are some areas of the U.S where the tap water isn’t safe to drink. So, make sure you purchase plenty of bottled water that will see you through your self-isolation period.

Prescription Medications

If you have a preexisting health condition that requires prescription medication, make sure you speak to your doctor before going into self-isolation to ensure you have the right dosage during quarantine. As you will be unable to venture to your doctors or pharmacy to pick up prescriptions, you may need to ask a family member or friend to get your medication.

Pet Food

With an estimated 76 million dogs and 58 million cats in the United States, if you are a pet owner, you need to make sure you have plenty of food for your companion. Before you go into self-isolation, it’s wise to pick up an extra bag of their food to ensure they’re well-fed during this period. We all know how much our pets love their food. So, it’s best to buy surplus stock, otherwise, you run the risk of running out before your self-isolation period ends. If you aren’t sure how much to buy, read the feeding guidelines on your preferred brand of pet food. 

Toiletries 

While having extra soap and toilet paper on hand is a smart idea, you should be reasonable with how much you buy. The last thing you should do is empty your grocery store, as you will end up with too much and not have anywhere to store it. Make sure you’re realistic above anything else. There are other toiletries that both men and women will need, including toothpaste, deodorants, and shampoo and conditioner. 

Fitness Equipment

Staying fit and active during self-isolation is critical for your health and wellbeing. Spending more time at home may have its advantages. But, for those who like being outdoors and active, your mental health can suffer as a result. Therefore, make sure you equip your home with fitness equipment that will encourage you to work out. If you’re a sports fanatic and miss playing at the golf course, you can play at home and purchase a golf mat. 

If you live alone and don’t have contact with your neighbors, you must take precautionary measures like those listed above to ensure you are well equipped should you need to self-isolate due to COVID-19.

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