With Saskatchewan recording multiple presumptive positive cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus and store shelves being emptied of toilet paper and cleaning supplies, West Central Online looked into what being prepared in this time of uncertainty should actually involve.
Panic buying and hoarding is unnecessary and impacts the most vulnerable people in our communities the most. Hoarding and preparing are two different things.
It makes sense to plan ahead so that you do not need to go shopping if you become sick. According to the Government of Canada, it is also easier on the supply chain if people gradually build up their household stores instead of making large-scale purchases all at once.
The following is a list of family essentials to stock up on, within reason:
- food - dried pasta and sauce, prepared canned soups and canned vegetables and beans• medication(s) and any necessary medical supplies/equipment, also a good time to see a doctor for prescription refills
- toilet paper and facial tissue
- hand sanitizer or moist towelettes
- baby items - diapers, formula, baby food
- personal hygiene items-soap, toothpaste, shampoo, feminine hygiene products
- pet food
The reason for stocking up on these items is not necessarily because you will need to self-isolate. Having these supplies on hand will ensure you do not need to leave your home at the peak of the outbreak or if you become ill.