As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, now mutating into new and potentially even more lethal forms, it is important to continue keeping families safe. Even after the pandemic is over, the right supplies and practices can help protect you and your family. Check your home supplies to ensure everything is well stocked, and ensure you have plenty of the following supplies.

Face Coverings

Just when we thought face masks were becoming a thing of the past, it appears we will need to use them when venturing in public at least some of the time. Whether or not your family members are vaccinated, a face covering can help to prevent transmission of the new Delta variant of COVID-19 along with other variants that may surge in the coming months. For optimum coverage, consider using surgical masks that are known to be highly effective in keeping virus germs out. If you are not sure which ones to buy, ask your family doctor.

Hand Sanitizer

A good supply of hand sanitizer that can be carried with you in small tubes or containers is essential. Whenever your loved ones go out to public places like stores, banks, or business offices, take along hand sanitizer that is easy to apply. At home, encourage the kids to wash their hands for twenty seconds each time and to use either hand sanitizer or a lathering soap to remove germs. Handwashing is a good idea after being among other people anywhere.

Tissues

Stock plenty of tissues in several rooms of the house or where needed. When cold symptoms appear, such as a runny nose or a cough, it is important for everyone to cover their nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing or when around others who are doing so. Having the tissues handy for a quick grab when needed can help to prevent or reduce the transmission of virus germs including those from the COVID-19 or its variants.

Thermometer

A children’s thermometer is a good idea to check your children for a fever if they feel warm or seem listless. A body temperature higher than 98.6 degrees may indicate an infection. If the thermometer indicates a high temperature, you can call the doctor’s office to see if your child should be seen as well as ask about any home treatments that can be used.

Your family’s health is always important. Stock up on these important items to keep tabs on your family’s health and catch any developing illness in the early stages while limiting its transmission.

By Anita Ginsburg

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn't writing.

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