- With the rate of novel coronavirus infections picking up pace in many regions of the United States, people are being asked to self-quarantine in order to help slow the spread of the deadly virus that causes COVID-19.
- It’s easy to want to be responsible and stay at home as much as possible, but reality soon sets in and people are beginning to realize how difficult it really is to remain in isolation, even with close family members.
- There are some things you can get in order to help pass the time and in order to remain productive, and we’ve rounded up some great deals on those items in order to save you money.
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Look, we’re all in this together. The only way we can possibly slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is if we isolate ourselves. Whether you live in a big city or a rural town with a tiny population, the new coronavirus is still a huge threat. It’s highly contagious — more than twice as contagious as the flu — and it only takes a handful of people to start a serious outbreak. We’ve said it before and we’re going to say it again: Please, stay home as much as you possibly can.
Some states are already shutting down all nonessential businesses and forcing people to stay home unless it’s absolutely necessary that they go out. It only seems like a matter of time before other states follow suit, so we’re all going to be spending a lot of time at home in the coming weeks, and potentially months, since many people still aren’t taking the coronavirus seriously enough. With that in mind, we dug around for some deals to help you out at home that are still available and still shipping at Amazon. These are all things that you should definitely consider getting, and you should do it soon before they’re no longer shipping. Remember, Amazon is shifting focus to essentials for the next few weeks, so nonessential items won’t be restocked once they sell out and some shipments are already halted until late April.
Watching TV together as a family is a great way for everyone to enjoy a shared experience without potentially getting on each other’s nerves. But people need privacy too, so it’s a great idea to get yourself a tablet that you can use on your own or share with family members so everyone takes turns. The go-to option for many people is the current-generation 10.2-inch iPad, which is on sale right now at Amazon starting at $279.
If you’re a Prime member, you can also take advantage of the lowest prices of the year on Fire tablets.. The most affordable option is the $50 Fire 7 Tablet that’s on sale for just $39.99, the $80 Fire HD 8 Tablet is only $10 more at $49.99, and the high-end Fire HD 10 that’s normally $150 is on sale for $99.99.
An eBook reader
There’s probably no better way to spend your alone time than reading a good book. Apart from being fun and entertaining, it also keeps you sharp and that’s very important considering all the time you’ll be spending indoors. Amazon is offering great deals this week on its two most popular eBook readers, with prices that match 2020 lows. The all-new Kindle starts at $59.99 instead of $90, and the waterproof Kindle Paperwhite is down to $94.99 instead of $130.
If you need some space but your living setup doesn’t really give you the opportunity to distance yourself from other family members too often, the best thing you can do is get yourself a good pair of headphones. Apple’s AirPods are the most popular option out there right now, and Amazon has some terrific deals that are still shipping out right away. In fact, regular AirPods 2 just so happen to be back down to their all-time lowest price and AirPods Pro are even back in stock!
Our first few recommendations are great for some alone time when everyone wants to stay out of each other’s hair, but it’s also important to spend time together as a family. One of the best ways to do that is with a few fun new board games and there are a whole bunch that are on sale and still shipping right now on Amazon.
A streaming media player
Many families have one central TV where they watch most streaming content, but you’re definitely going to want to add a streaming media player to the TV in your bedroom if you can. The Roku Express HD is on sale at its all-time low price of $24 today, and the upgraded Roku Streaming Stick+ with 4K resolution and HDR support is only $39, which is even cheaper than it was last year on Black Friday. Shipping on those models may be delayed, however. If you want something right now, which is the whole point of this post, you can get the Fire TV Cube or Fire TV Stick 4K that ship this week, or anyone can save a few bucks by taking advantage of Fire TV Stick 4K refurbs that are in stock at a discount.
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