• The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is currently spreading across the country in the United States, and things are going to get much worse before they begin to get any better.
  • Businesses are closing, schools are closing, and people are being advised to remain isolated at home with their families as much as possible.
  • There are a few things you can get to help pass the time a bit quicker at home, and we’ve rounded up five key purchases you should consider.
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There’s no end in sight as the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the United States, and now it’s up to every single one of us to do our part. When we have to go out for whatever reason, doing your part means keeping your distance from others, limited social interaction, and thoroughly washing your hands as often as possible. But the most important thing when it comes to doing your part is staying home as much as you can. Remember, it’s not just about preventing yourself from getting sick, it’s about preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus so that the elderly and at-risk don’t get sick.

We’ve already gone over the essentials you need to stock up on while you still can, and that’s important. But there’s another aspect of limiting your time outside that also needs to be considered: what the heck do you do the whole time you’re home? Here, we’ve made a few suggestions that should help keep you and your family busy while you’re doing your duty and staying indoors.

Get a tablet

Everyone is going to be spending a lot of time staring at screens in the coming weeks and months, and it’s always nice to have your own. Watching movies together as a family on the big screen is obviously important, but you’ll spend much more time away from the pack than you will together. Amazon has brand new current-generation 10.2-inch iPads on sale right now starting at $279, and that’s a fantastic deal.

If you don’t want to spend quite that much, definitely go with a Fire Tablet from Amazon. The most affordable option is the Fire 7 Tablet at just $49.99, the Fire HD 8 is $79.99 or you can get two for $109.98 thanks to a great Amazon deal, and the high-end Fire HD 10 is $129.99.

Get a pair of headphones

It might be fun to blast music in your room or turn the TV up loud, but remember that there are going to be other people in your home trying to do their own thing. A good pair of headphones is a must-have, and there are plenty of solid options on Amazon. All of Apple’s AirPods are discounted right now including AirPods Pro at an all-time low price, and you’ll find a few other good options right here:

Get some board games

The two recommendations above are all about spending time apart to keep from getting tired of each other, but you’ll obviously also want to spend plenty of time together with your family. There’s no better way to do that than with some fun new board games, and you’ll find plenty of good ones on sale right now on Amazon. Pandemic happens to be the best-seller at the moment for obvious reasons, but there are plenty of other options.

Get an Instant Pot

If you stocked up on non-perishables like you should have, you probably have tons of canned beans and other stuff to get through. Instead of chocking it down, cook some delicious recipes with a new Instant Pot. The #1 best-selling Instant Pot Duo 60 is on sale for $79 instead of $100, and there are some other good deals on Amazon as well. If you already have an Instant Pot, breathe some new life into it with a huge $60 discount on the new Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid!

Get a streaming media player

If you normally stream movies and TV shows in the family room, you’re going to need to get a few more streaming media players for other rooms in your home. This way, you can watch together as a family or everyone can go do their own thing. The Roku Premiere with 4K resolution and HDR is only $39, the upgraded 2019 Roku Streaming Stick+ is down to its lowest price since Black Friday, and you can get a Fire TV Stick starting at $40.

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