We’ve all seen the images. People fighting over toilet papers, companies manufacturing fake sanitizers to meet the growing demand and grocery stores running out of essentials because people are hoarding stuff. All this is due to the havoc that is being created by the novel coronavirus, which has left people scrambling for supplies left, right and centre.
With COVID-19 officially being declared as a pandemic across the world, the panic is surely going to increase. The situation is the same in India, with the last week reporting a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus patients in the country. Several state governments have closed educational institutions, gym, movie theatres etc in an effort to stop the spread of the virus.
This has lead to a state of panic amongst Indians. Many are scurrying to buy masks and sanitizers, and they’re surely going to go to the grocery stores next to buy all the supplies they made need.
Social distancing is considered to be one of the most effective ways to prevent the virus from spreading. This includes limiting the public places you visit, including the grocery stores. At a time when you may have to self-quarantine yourself if the situation gets worse, here’s a sensible grocery list for you to buy when you go out shopping the next time.
The Department of Homeland Security recommends that Americans have a two-week supply of water and food before a pandemic. You could follow the same thumb rule as well and stock the following products.
Dry Items will last a long time in your pantry and are easy to throw into a pot and cook. Make sure to buy dry grains like rice, quinoa, oats and cornmeal. Be sure to stock up on flour as it serves a variety of purposes. You can add water, salt, and a leavening agent like baking soda or powder to make biscuits.
Canned fruit and vegetables may not taste as good as the fresh stuff, but they’ll last a lot longer. Boxed cereal could be bought for an easy breakfast option.
However just because you could be on quarantine doesn’t mean all is grim and gory. Make sure to buy taste boosters like soy sauce, mayo, ketchup, fruit jam to keep the food interesting.
You don’t necessarily have to go off fresh foods. Buy produce that could be kept in an oven or a cool, dry place. Include onions, eggs, garlic potatoes and hardy veggies like broccoli, celery, carrots, and kale. Even slice bread lasts for long if you pop it in the freezer.
First Aid Kit
The next time you go out shopping, food isn’t the only thing that should be on your list. With health officials already under a great strain due to COVID- 19, is important to stock up on necessities you may need to treat minor injuries such as cut, burn, gash etc. A standard first aid kit you available at any medical store will take care of everything that you need.
Prescription Medicines It is important to understand that even the pharmacy may be subject to closure in extreme circumstances. Also, medicine delivery services may also be suspended if the situation gets worse. Therefore it is important to keep a stock of any essential prescriptions medications you may be on, to make sure you have a buffer for any unforeseen closure of the pharmacy.
The single best way to deal with the coronavirus and stop its spread is personal hygiene. Washing your hands, keeping yourself and your surroundings clean is the easiest and most effective way to stay safe. In times like this, personal sanitation takes an ulterior motive, ensuring not only your safety but also the safety of your loved ones and the people around you. Therefore, you mustn’t forget the sanitation and hygiene products to keep you and your home clean. So make sure to buy those soaps, disinfectants and cleaners to keep yourself and your surroundings squeaky clean!
Supplies You Can Skip
Hoarding and stocking unnecessarily also have its ill effects. It puts pressure on manufacturers, increases prices, create panics and also takes away resources from those that may potentially need it more. Therefore it is important to understand what you need and doesn’t need when you’re stocking for a crisis. Here is the thing you can give a pass when you’re out on your coronavirus shopping spree.
Water: The disease in no way affects the quality of water supply to your area. Thus it is important to not hoard water bottles as they may be required in other areas where the water supply may not be present.
Hand sanitizer: Yes, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol is recommended. However, these are nearly impossible to find right now, and you don’t need to stress yourself out searching. Soap and water offer the same solution as a hand sanitizer, and you probably don’t need to buy multiple of them even if they’re available. Remember, cleanliness only works if everyone follows them, so buy the sanitizers rationally and leave some for others as well!
Masks: Unless a medical professional has ordered you to wear them, hoarding masks (and sanitizer) can put others at risk. Masks are only required if you’re coughing or sneezing or are taking care of an infected person. Thus, you don’t need to buy one necessarily. Leave the masks for health care professionals because if these critical supplies are not available to the people providing one-on-one bedside care, it could increase the risk of spread of infectious diseases in the community.