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How to Prepare for Staying at Home

Reducing social contact can help slow the spread of this coronavirus and keep our communities healthy. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself

and others.

Everyone in California is required to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. If you go out, keep at least 6 feet of distance.




It’s the best way to wash up (and much easier to find than hand sanitizer)


Disposable Gloves

For handling things that might be contaminated. Do not wash or reuse.


Disinfectant Wipes

Look for products with active ingredients such as quaternary ammonium, sodium hypochlorite, or hydrogen peroxide.


Towels, Clean Linens

Or anything else you might need more of as cleaning habits change.





Supplies of Shelf-Stable Food

Beans, rice, flour, and canned items: enough for a couple of weeks, if access to grocery stores is limited.


Coffee or Tea

Or other everyday “necessities.”


A First Aid Kit

Hospitals may be overwhelmed, so you’ll want to be able to treat minor problems at home.


90 Days of Medication

The CDC recommends stocking up on prescriptions, so contact your doctor.



If You Get Sick


Medication for Reducing a Fever

Like acetaminophen (Tylenol).


A Thermometer

For Monitoring a fever.


Cough & Cold Medication

Including cough drops and lozenges, cough syrups like Dayquil/Nyquil, and decongestants like Sudafed.


A Humidifier

Can also help with a cough that makes it tough to sleep.


Rehydration Solutions

Pedialyte or Gatorade works, but you can make it at home with a liter of drinking water, a scoop of sugar, and a pinch of salt. Plain water or other liquids also work for mild dehydration in adults.


Work & Entertainment


Yarn, art supplies, or other hobby items

It’s a good time to dive into an activity you can do at home. Morale matters!


Things for Working From Home

From a desk chair to a mouse, its better to have the tools for your job if its possible to work remotely.


Electrics and, Potentially, Spare Parts

If you phone or computer breaks, it’s an inconvenience in the best of times. Right now, it might be more than that, if stores aren’t open to get a replacement.


Games for Family time

You’ve got kids at home, you’ll need distractions!

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