• Things are getting exponentially worse in many regions of the United States, and more people are finally beginning to grasp the severity of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
  • That means more and more people are finally self-quarantining in an effort to slow the spread of the potentially deadly COVID-19 disease.
  • We’ve all stocked up on essentials, but there are a few more important purchases that can mean the difference between going crazy and actually enjoying some of your time in isolation.
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What’s done is done and at this point, there’s no going back. Instead of immediately communicating the true gravity of the situation, the White House chose to try to downplay the severity of the novel coronavirus outbreak as it made its way west from China. Now there are more than 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the US and the death toll has climbed into the thousands, not a single person in his or her right mind is taking the outbreak lightly.

If you live in an impacted area, you absolutely must self-isolate and only leave your home if absolutely necessary, like to shop for groceries or to seek medical attention at the advice of your doctor. If you like in an area that hasn’t yet been impacted, at this point it may only be a matter of time. Do yourself a favor and start taking precautions now. Practice social distancing, wash your hands whenever touching surfaces, and stock up on some nonperishables in preparation for self-quarantine if the need arises.

In either case, there are some things you can get to remain productive and to help pass the time in self-quarantine.


Spending quality time with family members is obviously important, but so is spending quality time alone. A good pair of headphones is a must-have to help drown out the world around you, and Amazon has some great options that are still shipping out despite the company’s temporary new policy on delivering nonessential items. AirPods Pro are back in stock and shipping immediately, which is definitely a rarity these days. You can also save a bunch of money on Apple’s AirPods 2 both with and without the wireless charging case.

If you want a less expensive option, the TOZO T10 true wireless earbuds have literally tens of thousands of 5-star ratings on Amazon and they’re on sale right now for just $35.99.

As for a great pair of over-ear headphones with active noise cancellation, we’ve got two terrific options for you. The class-leading Sony WH1000XM3 noise cancelling headphones that blow everyone’s minds are on sale at Black Friday’s price right now, and there’s a special bundle that includes a free 20,000 mAh portable charger. If you want more affordable cans that still sound great, the TaoTronics SoundSurge 60 ANC headphones have fantastic reviews and they’re on sale for $49.99.

A tablet

After weeks of spending tons of time together, you’re not always going to want to watch TV with the rest of your family. Also, you’re going to get tired of gaming and trying to read the news on your tiny smartphone screen. You’ll definitely want a great tablet, and the best option out there right now is Apple’s newest 10.2-inch iPad, which starts at just $279 instead of $329 right now at Amazon. If you’re looking to save some money, Amazon’s Fire 7 Tablet, Fire HD 8 Tablet, and high-end Fire HD 10 are all fantastic choices.

An eBook reader

Tablets are great for reading the news and for reading books, but if you’re a big-time reader you’re definitely going to want a dedicated device that’s easier on the eyes. Needless to say, it doesn’t get any better than Amazon’s all-new Kindle and waterproof Kindle Paperwhite.

Board games

All those other recommendations focus on things you can do on your own, but what about spending some quality time with family? You should definitely pick up some fun new board games — and Amazon knows how popular and important board games are, so they’re shipping out right away.

A streaming media player

The Roku Express HD and Roku Streaming Stick+ are both on sale with big discounts right now, but shipping is delayed. If you want a straming media player anytime soon, you’re much better off going for the Fire TV Cube or a Fire TV Stick 4K. You can also save a few bucks by going for a renewed Fire TV Stick or a Fire TV Stick 4K refurb.

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