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Recently many people tend to go shopping out of panic, but we are here to tell you that things you thought you need can’t help you, including N95 masks and gloves. We have also collected 7 things that might come in handy. Read on for the full list.
As with face masks, leave gloves to the professionals. Gloves can pick up germs just as easily as hands, so washing your hands consistently is a far more effective and economical method to protect yourself, says family doctor William Sawyer.
Alcohol-free hand sanitizers are usually more expensive than other sanitizers. However, they cannot help remove COVID-19. According to the CDC, hand sanitizers need an alcohol content between 60% and 90% to be effective. Moreover, Neha Nanda, a medical director of infection prevention, says that "Viruses are most effectively killed and removed from hands with soap and water." Therefore there is no point stockpiling hand sanitizers.
You might be thinking about stockpiling non-perishable foods just in case, but that is not necessary. In fact, according to a study in Nutrients, we need a variety of nutrients from fresh food to strengthen our immune systems. What's more, perishable foods like oranges, cheese, garlic, onions, apples, bread, potatoes, and eggs can also last for a long while. There is no need to waste money on too many non-perishable foods that you probably won't eat anyway.
Many people are snapping up or stockpiling N95 medical masks these days, but according to the CDC, these masks are for professionals working on the front line. Instead, for common people, the CDC recommends cloth masks, which are enough for daily prevention and will save you a lot of money.
Toilet paper won't prevent you from catching the virus, and if you do feel sick, staying at home for two weeks won't require seven packages of toilet paper. There is no need to buy out all the toilet paper at the local grocery store. Save your money for items that can actually protect you.
According to the CDC, most conventional water systems, including the ones that filter tap water, are enough to wipe out any potential traces of coronavirus. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also says that we have not found COVID-19 in tap water yet. So don't donate your money to store brands of water purifiers.
According to Dr. Erin Sorrell, an assistant professor of microbiology, coronavirus particles are too small to be caught by most store-bought air filters. Some air filter brands claim their UVC can suck up the virus, but Dr. Erin Sorrell says that even if the filter worked, it would take at least 15 minutes to contain the microbes, by which time people would already become infected.
"There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure [COVID-19]," the FDA claims. The so-called 'anti-viral' essential oils will do nothing but waste your money.
Expensive cleaning products are a waste of money. "[COVID-19] is easily destroyed by most disinfectants," says John Swartzberg, an expert on infectious diseases. What matters more is how you use the cleaning products. Focus on areas that are most likely to carry infectious diseases including high-touch areas, such as doorknobs, sink handles and stair rails, said Catherine Roberts, an associate health editor at Consumer Reports.
You might have heard the news that Ibuprofen can make coronavirus cases worse, and you might want to snap up Tylenol instead. However, according to Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, professor of medicine at UCLA, "we know very little" about Ibuprofen and coronavirus. There is not enough evidence indicating the relationship among Ibuprofen, coronavirus and kidney problems. Therefore, it's still fine to use Ibuprofen right now.
Many people are expecting supplements and vitamins to boost their immune systems, but sadly these won't help in fighting the epidemic. FDA says many of these pills are unregulated and may do more harm than good. An "over-boosted" immune system could cause an auto-immune disorder, according to Dr. Starnbach.
Antibiotics are for bacteria, but they can't kill viruses. So unless you develop a secondary bacterial infection and are prescribed such medicine by a professional doctor, there is no need to waste your money on antibiotics.
Such records can be very useful in case your health is in danger, especially if you lose consciousness or are otherwise unable to respond to a doctor. The physician could get all the information he/she needed to help you from those very records. You can get copies of these records from a hospital or a doctor.
It is not a good time to leave your home now, so you'd better stock up on some medications just in case. Such medical items include prescribed drugs, contacts, contact solutions, hearing-aid batteries, pain relievers, etc.
While you are stuck at home, it is recommended that you keep a first-aid kit at home, in case someone gets injured. A common first-aid kit can tackle problems ranging from cuts and burns to headaches and allergies. You can also add other essentials you and your family might need.
It is important to check the temperature of everyone around the house regularly to see if anyone gets sick, especially these days. A thermometer won't cost you much, but it is very useful.
It looks like many people will have to stay at home for a while, so you might want to buy some extra hygiene products, like dish soap, tissues, diapers, laundry detergent and feminine care products. Just don’t go too far - for the reasons that we've talked about.
Don't forget your furry friend waiting for you! They may need extra food whilst staying at home. Lively dogs need some treats and toys. Your cat needs litter boxes. Remember to prepare these things in advance.
Mental health is also very important these days. Having some board games, exercise equipment, or DIY projects to keep you occupied at home is a good choice.
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