• Coronavirus panic reached new heights this week as people around the world watch the crisis unfold in Italy.
  • Despite repeated warnings from experts, many people still think the panic is overblown and they’re not taking proper precautions, which is expected to speed the spread of COVID-19.
  • That leads to even more panic among people who do recognize the need to prepare themselves, which means they’re overbuying many products like hand soap, toilet paper, and paper towels in order to stockpile them. Now, other people are forced to take additional measure in order to ensure they have essential products on hand
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At this point, there’s really no question whatsoever that the novel coronavirus will begin to spread uncontrollably in the United States. The COVID-19 outbreak that began in Wuhan, China continues to show up in more and more regions around the country, and it’s not just people in big cities who need to worry. In fact, it seems like new confirmed cases are popping up in suburban areas just as quickly as they are in big cities.

Now, there’s no question that people are going overboard by rushing out to their local grocery stores and picking the shelves dry of things like toilet paper, paper towels, hand soap, and even common over-the-counter medications.

There are two reasons you should try to stock up on certain things right now, and people’s tendency to panic and overbuy as mentioned above is one of them. Simply put, common household items might not be there when you need them because so many local stores are having trouble keeping them in stock. There’s another reason too, though: things are going to get worse before they get better. COVID-19 coronavirus will continue to spread, and the more you stock up on now, the less you’ll have to go out for later.

With that in mind, there are a few things you should think about loading up on now, while you still can. And the very first thing on the list is hand soap, and dozens of popular options are still available to purchase on Amazon. Purell is going to be impossible to come by for a long time and besides, hand soap and warm water work better anyway. Just make sure you wash your hands thoroughly (sing Happy Birthday in your head twice if you’re wondering how long you should continue to scrub) and remember to just buy normal hand soap, not antibacterial soap.

Next up, make sure you load up on bottled water. We’re not on the verge of a zombie apocalypse and sewage systems aren’t going to collapse. Still, no one wants to drink tap water and bottled water is always among the first things to sell out when people start to really panic. And let’s not forget that lugging all those bottles home from the supermarket is a pain in the butt! Pick up a bunch on Amazon instead, where you’ll find lower prices anyway.

Anything and everything with bleach in it is going to sell out too, and bleach cleaners are already very difficult to come by in many regions around the US. You might as well grab some laundry detergent and dish soap while you’re at it.

Next up, and we can’t stress this one enough, you should really think about stocking up and any and all medicines and health care products you might need. Get an extra 30-day supply of any prescription medications you might take, and you can take care of everything else on Amazon, like Advil, Tylenol, Nyquil, Dayquil, antacids, and more. The last thing you want is to be sick with something unrelated to COVID-19 and not have the medicine you need.

Last but certainly not least, keep your eye on Amazon’s toilet paper page. Things are coming back into stock constantly and if you go out right now, you’ll find that toilet paper isn’t easy to come by. Definitely stock up on TP while you still can.

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