#TolietPaperGate and #CostcoPanicBuying in light of the coronavirus is a thing, with thousands of people across the country purchasing things like toilet paper and water in epic quantities.
Stores around the nation have started to run out of these now coveted items because consumers are buying them in such vast quantities. But why toilet paper and cases of water? The Coronavirus isn’t an intestinal virus, so why are people buying mounds of toilet paper? The virus isn’t a snowstorm or other natural disaster either, so there is no reason it would affect our infrastructure resulting in the loss of water. Is this the new, “Milk, eggs, and bread” of natural disasters in the past?
It’s like a vicious cycle, too. Those who have started to panic about the Coronavirus started buying things in bulk and then other people, who recognize that the frequent hand-washing (or the use of hand sanitizer) and avoiding crowded places will be sufficient to keep themselves marginally safe from the coronavirus, have started #CostcoPanicBuying simply because they are afraid that certain supplies will be depleted by those who really are panicking.
Although toilet paper is a good thing to have on hand on a regular basis (or you could go further your zero-waste initiative by purchasing reusable toilet paper or “family cloth”), there are a few other things you might want to consider stockpiling if you’re really worried about the Coronavirus.
10 Things You Should Buy For Coronavirus
- But first? SOAP! Seriously, it’s all about washing hands—well, and with good, non-toxic soap. Stay away from soaps that have triclosan (even though they’ll be all over the place) because it’s an endocrine disruptor and possibly a carcinogen. Look out for tricky triclocarban, sort of a cousin to triclosan and not great either. And unless a soap is scented with essential oils you can trust, stay away from fragrance in soap. It most likely contains phthalates and you can be trading Coronavirus protection for something far worse in the long run. Of course, hand sanitizer is always good to have on hand, but grabbing a few extra bottles, just in case, wouldn’t be a bad idea. In a pinch, better than nothing, though again, we refer you back to SOAP.
If you don’t like the store-bought kind, you can always make your own with rubbing alcohol, aloe vera gel, and essential oils.
- Books and educational materials- Some schools around the nation have already started to shut their doors in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus. If your kids attend a traditional school or go to a homeschool co-op, you may want to stock up on some new reading material and educational material to help continue their education during the time that the schools are not in session.
- Treatments– Whatever it is that you use to treat the common cold/flu, you should make sure you have at least a 14-day supply of that. Some mamas with littles feel better having infant/children’s acetaminophen or ibuprofen on hand for ridiculously high fever, and if that’s you, make sure you have at least a two-week supply. Having a thermometer that works easily and quickly for fast-gauging isn’t a bad idea either. It never hurts to have extra immune boosters in the meantime–good probiotics, good immune boosters, good things to keep you healthy as well.
- Elderberry– Syrup or gummies- get a couple of bottles to ensure that your children’s immune systems are protected, and heck, go ahead and order berries because you can make your own so easily too!
- Vitamins C and D– Research has begun to surface that good ol’ Vitamin C might help protect healthy children and adults from contracting the coronavirus. In fact, researchers are looking at high-dose Vitamin C as a treatment. Additionally, the Vitamin D ‘Hammer’ has been shown to battle influenza, and there’s promising research for it for other ailments as well. We like drops for their ease and non-taste for kids.
- Other home supplies– Non-toxic cleaners, laundry detergent, and other basic non-toxic home supplies designed to fight virus and bacteria are a good idea to have on hand as a two week supply. If you’ve not checked out Force of Nature, you ought to. It’s EPA-registered as a COVID fighter.
- Diapers– If you use eco-friendly disposable diapers, make sure to have at least a two-week supply on hand for your babies.
- Board games and activities– If everyone in your home is quarantined for a few weeks, its a good idea to have some new “fun” stuff to do and play. While at the New York Toy Fair, we found several we loved! Check out Pengoloo, Dog Crimes, Valley of the Vikings, and Words of The Wise for good, family fun that’s screen-free.
- Emergency Supply Kit– Things like canned foods, frozen foods, a First Aid kit, and other emergency preparedness items are always a great idea to have on hand- even if there is no pandemic.
- Alcohol– Because let’s face it- if schools close and your kids are home, you might want to have some on hand to get through the long days. See also how to make sanitizer!
It may not be a given, but it should be. If you have pets, be sure you have enough pet food to maybe last two or three weeks. This virus is affecting a lot of things, and you need to remember Fido too.
One thing you shouldn’t be doing in lieu of the coronavirus is panic. You do not need respiratory masks unless you have a compromised immune system. You do not need to avoid the outside world or cover yourself in plastic (gracious, the environment!) to protect yourself when you’re in public. The regular precautions of washing your hands on a regular basis are sufficient, although if you’re extra cautious at crowded places, it couldn’t hurt. And, while we say these are things you should buy for Coronavirus, they’re good to have year-round in general because again : no panicking!
The Coronavirus can be a scary thing, especially for those who are elderly or have compromised immune systems. Children seem to have some special immunity, and it’s most likely because they’re dirty little things anyway and that helps build their immune systems. Healthy individuals should continue to live their lives with frequent hand-washing, covering your mouth with a tissue or your elbow when you cough or sneeze, and the regular precautions you’d take when you or your kiddo has a cold.
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