It's a scary time to go shopping. There are shortages of all sorts of odds and ends, and knowing what you need to get you through the novel coronavirus pandemic can feel super stressful. We have come up with this guide to bring up everything in your survival emergency kit you might need right now.
If you’ve been following the news, COVID-19 has been dominating it. You’re worried, understandably, and are wondering how to get through this without you or your family getting sick- or worse.
After you have vanquished and banished panic, your next step is to keep clean. Sanitation is one of the biggest factors in limiting the spread of disease.
Wash your hands, avoid touching things as much as possible. Have plenty of cleaning supplies on hand: cleaning sprays, paper towels, and other things.
Here’s the thing, you can get through it, and it isn’t hard to be prepared in case you need to shelter in place for a couple of weeks. It takes a few simple steps. Also, think about items for a first aid kit. As it’s important to have a well-stocked first-aid kit in your home so you can deal with minor injuries and accidents.
Reusable therapy gel packs
Caldera’s therapy gel packs can treat everything from arthritis to pulled muscles to inflammation with ice or cold therapy. Treating pain with hot and cold can be extremely effective for several different conditions and injuries, and easily affordable.
Basic heat therapy or thermotherapy can involve the use of a hot water bottle, pads that can be heated in a microwave, or a warm bath.
For cold therapy, or cryotherapy, a water bottle filled with cold water, a gel pack cooled in the freezer, or cool water can be used.
In some cases, alternating heat and cold may help, as it will greatly increase blood flow to the injury site.
Fast facts on cold and heat treatment:
Here are some of the key points that might be helpful while treating your injuries while quarantining:
● Cold treatment reduces inflammation by decreasing blood flow. Apply within 48 hours after an injury.
● Heat treatment promotes blood flow and helps muscles relax. Use for chronic pain.
● Alternating heat and cold may help reduce exercise-induced muscle pain.
● Never use extreme heat, and never put ice directly on the skin.
Worried if that back pain will show up again? We have a solution:
Ice therapy is best used on recent injuries, especially where heat is being generated. It may be less helpful for back pain, possibly because the injury is not new, or because the problem tissue, if it is inflamed, lies deep beneath other tissues and far from the cold press.
Back pain is often due to increased muscle tension, which can be aggravated by cold treatments. For back pain, heat treatment is a better option.
Minor sports injuries? Try our Sports wrap
Minor injuries, such as mild sprains and strains, can often be initially treated at home using these simple steps for two or three days.
● Protection: Protect the affected area from further injury- for example, by using a support.
● Rest- Avoid exercise and reduce your daily physical activity. Don’t put your body weight if your injury is on your ankle or knee. A sling may help if you have injured your shoulder.
● Ice- Apply ice gel pack to the affected area for 15-20 minutes every two to three hours. Wrap the ice gel pack or simply use a sports wrap to the affected area. Cover it with a cloth or towel so that it doesn’t directly touch your skin and cause an ice burn.
● Compression- Use elastic compression bandages during the day to limit swelling.
● Elevation- Keep the injured body part raised above the level of your heart whenever possible. This may also help reduce swelling.
There is nothing worse than in the middle of your household chores you get a lower back muscle strain. This type of strain can benefit from sports wrap easily. While the overall qualities of warmth and heat have long been associated with comfort and relaxation, heat therapy goes a step further and can provide both pain relief and healing benefits for many types of lower back pain.
In addition, heat therapy for lower back pain- in the form of heating gel packs, heat wraps or sports therapy wraps- is both easy to use and inexpensive in this hard time. It is a good idea to grab these to make sure you have basic emergency first aid in hand.
Sore neck muscles? Treat it right in your home
If you’re suffering from chronic neck pain, a heated shoulder wrap could be what you need to eliminate the pain. As we all know, muscle tension can build up in our neck and shoulders, it’s one of the most common complaints among patients. Heated neck therapy wraps and microwavable neck wraps are a great way to relax muscles for better pain relief.
Stuff you definitely don’t need
Please do not buy more than a few weeks’ worths of supplies at a time. Panic buying massive amounts of toilet paper and cleaning supplies won’t make this problem better, and it might hurt those in need. Grocery stores are already struggling to keep up with the demand for some items as everyone panics and buys too much. Try not to strain the system further or some people in your community won’t have access to items they need.
Navigating something like COVID-19 can cause stress and anxiety among even the most level headed people. It’s important to take good care of yourself, do whatever you can to relax if you have time. And make the best out of it while social distancing.