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What should I have on hand to care for someone with COVID-19?

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Safety and Cleaning 

  • Tissues (kleenex or toilet paper)
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Paper towels
  • Face masks (simple surgical or home-made mask that covers the mouth and nose)
  • Gloves (to use when entering the sick room or cleaning after the sick person)
  • Bleach (DIY bleach preparation for disinfecting: 5 tablespoons bleach per gallon water)

Medical Supplies

  • Over-the-counter cold medicines 
    • Tylenol/acetaminophen
    • Sudafed/pseudoephedrine
    • Saline nasal spray
    • Afrin nasal spray
    • Cough lozenges
    • Tea with honey
  • Pulse-oximeter
  • Thermometer

Food and Drink

  • Chicken soup
  • Electrolyte-replacement drinks (if using sports drinks, cut in half with water)
  • Fresh ginger
  • Lemons
  • Honey for throat soothing

For more information, we found this Wall Street Journal article helpful. (April 9, 2020) 

Gear and Tips to Help You Get Through the Coronavirus Pandemic – Wired Magazine