We seem to be in the point of the COVID-19 pandemic where—for most people—the virus is just another health threat that we have to contend with while also dealing with seasonal viruses like the flu and common cold.

In addition to getting up-to-date vaccines for both Covid and flu, there are a handful of supplies you should keep in your house should you need them during the upcoming winter months.

Ellicott Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing has your shopping list in order for you to see what you have and what you might need to get.

  1. COVID-19 Tests

While tests aren’t available through the federal government, you can pick them up at your local pharmacy. Using Medicare, Medicaid, or your private insurance, you are entitled to eight tests per month for each individual covered on your plan. Stock up in advance so they’re in the house when you might need them.

  1. Masks

If you’re feeling sick or tested positive for Covid or flu, do others a courtesy and wear a mask if you must go out.

  1. Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen (aka Tylenol) is the medicine most doctors prefer for reducing fever and fighting aches and pains from an illness. Ibuprofin (Advil, Motrin, etc.) is more for relieving pain from sprains or strains.

  1. Thermometer

Have a thermometer on-hand (and put in fresh batteries each fall!) so you can check yourself or a family member if they’re feeling feverish.

  1. Pulse Oximeter

Measuring oxygen levels is key while fighting a Covid infection. If levels decrease or you’re having trouble breathing, seek medical attention.

  1. Throat Lozenges and Cough Syrup

These are cold-fighting staples. Lozenges that do not contain zinc are recommended to soothe a sore throat, and Robitussin is one of the better over-the-counter options to treat a cough, especially at night.

  1. Soup

Hot soup is comforting to eat when sick, and it can also help keep you hydrated along with clearing mucus and congestion. Keep several cans in the pantry, so all you have to do is heat it up when you need it.

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