As the cold and flu season meets Covid, it’s expected that the number of those who are sick will increase. Whether you end up with Covid or not, chances are you will have some sickness this winter, but you don’t want to wait to get medical supplies. They might not be there. Now is the time to get prepared. Products that stay available on shelves all year-long suddenly disappeared at alarming rates. Now that things are back to ‘normal’, it’s a good time to grab those medical supplies while you still can.
If Covid and the rest of the illnesses worsen this winter, you want to be prepared to take on whatever comes your way. Make sure you get that medicine cabinet stocked!
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- Pain Relievers and Fever Reducers
Earlier this year, finding ibuprofen felt like searching for gold. I suggest grabbing at least one bottle per person in your family.
- Elderberry Syrup
Not only are elderberries beneficial when you’re sick, but they’re packed with vitamins and antioxidants that support your immune system. We know that taking elderberries can reduce inflammation, reduce stress, and protect your heart. Either buy or make your own to have on hand.
- Bandaids, Bandages, and Gauze
We all need to have a decent supply of these at home for cuts, bruises, and scrapes. Even a small, minor wound can become infected.
During the initial Covid scare, bleach was MIA on store shelves. If you found a bottle, again it felt like finding gold. You don’t need to have a lot of bleach on hand, but I like to have a few bottles. Besides serious cleaning and whitening of our clothes , having a few bottles on hand is smart for bleaching medical equipment if serious issues arise.
- Vitamin C
I swear by vitamin C when my family is sick. Vitamin C capsules and gummies disappeared from the shelve last spring. We know that vitamin C can help support your immune system, and as we enter this unknown cold and flu season, we all need the most robust immune systems possible.
- Medical Masks
Having a box or two is valuable if someone gets sick in your home, or you need to take care of someone who is ill this winter.
- Medical Gloves
If someone in your house has an injury that you need to tend to, having medical gloves reduces bacteria’s spread.
You can use capsules, herbal teas, and tinctures. Taking echinacea when you have a cold can help reduce the length of a cold. Some studies show that you can reduce the duration by nearly two days. It’s worth keeping some on hand.
- Hand Sanitizers
Having a bottle or two available is a smart idea, especially now. You could have them in your purse, car, mud room, bed stand, and your sinks. Remember, you want to be prepared for anything that comes your way.
- Allergy Medication
I don’t know about you, but Fall, Spring, and Winter all bring allergy symptoms to my house. My husband and I have seasonal allergies, and it’s not uncommon to have runny noses and watery eyes for several weeks each year.
- Cold, Flu & Sinus Medications
I’m sure by now, everyone has heard that Covid presents symptoms that are similar to colds and the flu. It’s natural that everyone wants to gather medication to treat those symptoms at home. However, that means if you come down with a cold, you better have the medication at home. Right now, the shelves might have different options available, but when we are in the thick of the sick season, those shelves might not be full anymore. You should grab medications that treat chest congestion, sinus congestion, runny noses, fevers, sinus pressure, mucus production, migraines, and sore throats.
- Throat Sprays & Cough Drops
Yes, you can make your cough drops at home, but grabbing a bag or two just in case is a good idea.
- Hydrogen Peroxide
Many people like to use hydrogen peroxide to clean out wounds before applying antibiotic cream.
- Rubbing Alcohol
When hand sanitizer disappeared from the shelves, people turned to DIY hand sanitizer recipes, which used rubbing alcohol. However, you still might want to have some on hand for wound disinfecting.
- Vitamin D and Zinc
It’s all over the internet; there’s growing evidence that vitamin D and Zinc may have a protective effect against COVID-19, according to recent research. Several studies have shown that COVID-19 patients who are deficient in vitamin D and zinc are more likely to experience serious illness, severe complications and increased risk of death. And one study showed that when hospitalized COVID-19 patients took oral vitamin D supplements as part of their treatment, they were significantly less likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit than COVID-19 patients who didn’t receive vitamin D supplements.
Of course, Disinfecting Wipes and Sprays are needed, but continually are hard to find. Most stores don’t put sprays on the shelves anymore, but keep them behind the Customer Service Desk. Go ask to see if you can get one.