Health and Wellness

Prepare for Coronavirus Self-Isolation

Sonja Koukel, Ph.D., Extension Health Specialist

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Coronavirus a pandemic (March 10, 2020). However, there is no cause to panic as the risk of contracting the COVID-19 is low. Currently, most diagnosed cases are related to travel. You will want to prepare for the unexpected by making a plan. Skip the facemasks and focus on food, household supplies, and medical essentials. Following is a listing of food and household supplies to have on hand for a 14-day quarantine. The information provided on this page may be printed here, Print Friendly (PDF).

  • Dry goods – such as rice, pasta, beans, oats, and ready-to-eat cereals
  • Canned foods that contain liquid – such as tomatoes, beans, and tuna. The excess liquid can be used to cook the dried goods (if necessary)
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned meats
  • Comfort foods – chocolate, coffee, ice cream and other foods that bring you pleasure. These foods can help with positive mental health and morale during a home quarantine
  • Pet food
  • Household hygienic products
    • Soap – hand soap, dishwashing liquid, laundry soap
    • Hand sanitizer – at least 60% alcohol
    • Toilet paper, paper towels, tissues
    • Feminine care products
    • Diapers
  • Prescription medications – if possible, get a 30-day supply
  • Other medical supplies
    • Contact lenses and solution
    • Hearing-aid batteries
    • Over-the-counter medications, such as pain relievers and cough and cold medicines
  • Entertainment items – books, board games, card games, puzzles, and movies

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