Being Prepared for the Coronavirus Does Not Mean Stockpiling or Hoarding Supplies

What you should do, however, is make some preparations. That means having some basic essentials on hand such as food, medicine, and cleaning supplies. But being prepared does not mean stockpiling or hoarding. While the CDC states that people should have sufficient quantities of household items and groceries in the event that they need to stay home “for a period of time,” the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is recommending about two-weeks worth of supplies. Below are items to use as a starting point for your shopping, but keep in mind you should be buying foods you would normally eat.

Applesauce and other fruit purees
Canned fruit in water
Frozen fruit
Dried fruit

Canned vegetables (i.e., green beans, carrots, peas, diced tomatoes, pumpkin puree), low-sodium if possible
Canned vegetable-based soups and chilis, low-sodium if possible
Frozen vegetables (i.e, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus)
Jarred tomato sauce

Tuna or salmon, canned or in a pouch
Chicken or turkey, canned or in a pouch
Frozen fish, such as shrimp or individually portioned pieces of salmon
Shelf-stable silken tofu
Lentils, canned or vacuum-sealed
Eggs and egg beaters
Nut/seed butter
Nuts and seeds
Trail mix
Dry or canned beans

Whole wheat pasta or chickpea pasta
Brown rice
Ancient grains (i.e., quinoa, farro)
Instant oatmeal packets/cups
Whole wheat or seed crackers
Whole wheat or sprouted bread (can keep in freezer and toast when ready to eat)

Shelf-stable boxes of milk (shelf-stable varieties are available for regular and non-dairy milks)
Powdered milk
Healthy Fats
Olive oil
Avocado oil
Flax seeds
Chia seeds

Water (if you’re unable to drink tap)
Low-sugar electrolyte drinks
Pre-made protein-shakes or meal-replacement shakes (in case you get sick and lose your appetite)
Canned or boxed low-sodium broth

Take note of what toiletries and cleaning supplies you need.
Be sure to check your medicine cabinet.

The American Red Cross recommends having at least a 30-day supply of any prescription medications for those in your home. They also advise at least a one month’s supply of over-the-counter medicines such as pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, and throat lozenges.
And don’t forget about your pets.
Having a pet is like having another human being inside the house — they require just as much care and supplies as any of us do, if not more.

Stefani Sassos, MS, RDN, CSO, CDN
Good Housekeeping March 10, 2020,