10 Must Have Items During Pandemic

Although everyone is hopeful that the Coronavirus will not reach their neck of the woods, nor threaten their communities and families, it never hurts to be prepared for any pandemic. It never hurts to store simple must have items during pandemic.

In fact, many items are those we use every day. But, taking time to assimilate kits and setting aside food is a step beyond what most of us do in everyday life. Here is our list of 10 Simple Must Have Items During Pandemic.

10 Simple Must Have Items During Pandemic

1. Water

Of course, fresh, healthy water is essential to all life, and humans can only survive about 3 days without it. And, while it may take 2.7-3.7 liters of water per day to thrive (1), you can store water and survive on less especially with minimal physical exertion. Many households have safe water containers they can use to store extra water. Or, if you don’t, you usually find leak-proof, large volume containers in camping and sporting goods.

2. First Aid Kit

A first aid kit that is well-stocked, and restocked, can come in handy during any time of crisis or injury. In fact, all households should have one available at any time. Make sure yours includes supplies such as:

  • Adhesive tape
  • Elastic wrap bandages, bandage strips and “butterfly” bandages in assorted sizes
  • Superglue (can help with cuts) or liquid bandage
  • Rubber tourniquet or 16 French catheter
  • Nonstick sterile bandages and roller gauze in assorted sizes
  • Eyeshield or pad
  • Large triangular bandage which can be used as a sling
  • Aluminum finger splint
  • Instant cold packs
  • Cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs
  • Disposable nonlatex examination gloves, several pairs
  • Duct tape
  • Petroleum jelly or another lubricant
  • Safety pins in assorted sizes
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • Hand sanitizer (see more below)
  • Antibiotic ointment, antiseptic solution, and towelettes
  • Eyewash solution
  • Thermometer
  • Medical infant bulb or turkey baster suction device for flushing wounds
  • Sterile saline for irrigation, flushing
  • Breathing barrier (surgical mask)
  • Syringe, medicine cup or spoon
  • First-aid manual
  • Hydrogen peroxide to disinfect

Also include mediations like:

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Calamine lotion
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Laxative
  • Antacids
  • Antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Cough and cold medications
  • Personal medications that don’t need refrigeration
  • If needed: Auto-injector of epinephrine (as prescribed by your doctor for allergic reactions)
  • Pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others)

3. Supreme Foods and Freeze-Dried Foods

Divine Health Fermented Green Supremefood and Organic Red Supremefood. Dr. Colbert’s Organic Supreme foods are great because they provide needed nutrients in a small, shelf-stable form, needed probiotics to keep your gut healthy and reduce the risk of infection, and valuable nutrients that boost the immune system. In fact, supreme foods contain ingredients such as beets and spirulina that promote cellular detox and whole-body health (2, 3). These factors are vital both in everyday living and are a must-have item in a pandemic.

4. Soap and Nail Brush

By now, everyone has been encouraged in some form or another to wash hands better, and more often. And this is for good reason. Good old soap and water, when used for 60-seconds, are very effective against viruses.

In fact, when studied with the ebola virus, soap and water perform as well as other more intensive cleaners including hand sanitizer, chlorine solutions, and more (4).

Also, don’t skip the nail brush. Viruses and grime can hide under our nails, and it’s difficult to fully wash underneath without a brush.

5. Virus Killing Essential Oils

If you want a natural virus fighter to boost your soap, household sprays, and household air, try adding virus-killing essential oils. Effective oils include blends with cinnamon, cloves, eucalyptus, and more. These have been shown to be effective against flu viruses, bacterias, and fungus (5). With essential oils, always make sure to use reputable brands with 100% pure essential oils.

6. Hand Sanitizers and Gloves

In addition to the hand sanitizer in your first aid kit, it’s a good idea to keep other bottles in your home, car, office and more for times when you cannot wash your hands or in addition to washing your hands.  In studies of hand sanitizers and human pathogens such as Norovirus, it’s been found that hand sanitizers with a 60-second contact time on the hands before rubbing completely in reduced infection risk by 85-99% immediately, and by 78.5% 4 hours after application (6). In addition, you can further protect yourself in public spaces, if high-risk, by using disposable gloves.

7. BPA-Free Canned Foods.

It also never hurts to have a well-stocked pantry of shelf-stable, nutritious foods. And believe it or not, many low-sugar canned foods such as vegetables are still highly nutritious. Look for canned foods that are specifically BPA-free, so that you do not ingest any hormone-disruptors from the cans interior lining. Stock green beans, beets, and more.

8. Easy, Dry Meal Replacements

Another high-nutrition shelf-stable food option is the Keto Zone Shake, Keto Zone MCT Oil Powder, and Keto Zone Hydrolyzed Collagen with Probiotics. Together, these powders can provide meals, extra fats, and healthy proteins that boost your immune system and keep you healthy. You can also use them in our Immune-Boosting Recipes.

9. Immune-Boosting Supplements

Other nutrients can also promote health and fight disease, whether the coronavirus or seasonal viruses. Turmeric, ginger, Vitamin D (2000 IU per day), vitamin C, probiotics and zinc lozenges have all been shown to be effective against different viruses and illnesses. They are also great nutrients for overall health. It’s fine to take them daily and proactively to reduce your risk of getting sick.

10. Respirator Mask

No, don’t go out and buy all the surgical masks needed in hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes. Many medical professionals absolutely need these and their supplies may already be running short. Instead, use a personal, reusable, respirator mask that filters out particles and pathogens, such as an N95 mask. According to the Centers for Disease Control, this type of mask is a good addition to any family’s emergency kit. And a good snug fit is one of the essential keys to it being effective (7).

Not on the List?

One thing we left off the list is PANIC. It’s simply not one of our must have items during pandemic. There’s no need for any of us to panic and fear the worst with this coronavirus outbreak, but just encouragement to keep your household prepared. We know that God keeps us, holds us and is with us. And also that He gave us sound minds. Let’s use them to keep ourselves as healthy as we can.

Bottom Line

Benjamin Franklin said that “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

At this time and for any small or large health scares in our futures, it doesn’t hurt to prepare and keep at least a small emergency kit in your home, including this list of must have items during pandemic. You may just help yourself, neighbors, and loved ones when needed.

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