This article was originally published on March 17, 2020. It has been updated with items that are now available.
As much of the country is practicing social distancing in order to contain the coronavirus, fear has taken over the masses and people are wiping out grocery stores. While we advocate being prepared, fear doesn’t do anyone any good and that’s becoming more apparent by the day.
Because the public was largely unprepared for a pandemic, there isn’t much left to grab in stores. Being in a crowded store right now is one of the last things preppers want to do anyway. But there may be a few things you forgot to grab, so I’ve done my best to find items you can get from the comfort of your own home.
N100 Face Mask (no longer N100, but can still be useful)
Feminine Hygiene: reusable menstrual cup
These are some things that are still available online for purchase if you find yourself running low. Personally, I also purchased the following after an audit of my own supplies:
Aloe Vera Gel (can be used on cuts or burns and in making hand sanitizer)
A lot of the items preppers suggest get stockpiled have sold out. Anything labeled “emergency food” is almost impossible to find, so at this point, it’s time to make due with what we can get. The panicked masses have finally decided preparedness is a good thing, but their fear is not only destroying the economy, but it’s also making essentials difficult to come by.
Trying to desperately control this virus and the installment of fear in the public by the mainstream media is doing a lot more damage than the virus itself could ever hope to do to our society.