10. Have a Separate Container of Toothpaste for Everyone in Your House

Toothpaste

Unfortunately, most people forget about their dental care products when thinking about coronavirus prep, according to Elizabeth Cranford Robinson, DMD, with Cranford Dental. Most families or couples share a tube of toothpaste, and normally that would be fine. But during the coronavirus pandemic, Robinson recommends that each household member have their own “paste, floss, and brush,” as viruses can be spread from using the same toothpaste on different brushes. She also reminds everyone to replace and disinfect their toothbrushes, floss, and the containers they keep them in during this time.

9. Stock Up on Your Pet’s Essentials

Pets

Most households don’t just have human members. When taking this time to stock up on everything your family needs for shelter, don’t forget your pets, says Rachel Barrack, DVM, founder of Animal Acupuncture.

“As you’re stocking the pantry with your personal essentials, make sure to have enough of your pet’s food, medications, kitty litter, restroom pads, and more on hand. A 30-day supply is recommended,” she says. Stocking up will save you extra trips outside, with the potential for virus exposure.

Barrack adds that “in the event you are unable to care for your pet, write instructions of their daily needs and designate a trusted family member or friend to be an emergency caregiver. If you must care for your pet and have contracted the disease, wash your hands before and after, and wear a mask.”

8. Be Extra Cautious with the Products You Bring Inside

Make Your Groceries Last

There’s no doubt you’re still going to be bringing new products into your home during this time, whether those are groceries or other products that you ordered online. However, you need to consider all these items as potential ways the virus could get into your home, according to Leann Poston, MD, a contributor with Invigor Medical. As long as there are no perishables, Poston recommends that groceries ideally be left outside the home for three days to prevent virus transfer into the home. If that’s not possible, however, she recommends double bagging groceries so that the contaminated outer bag can be carefully removed and disposed.

Related: Coronavirus Grocery Shopping Tips
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