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  • If you’re looking for some coronavirus tips pertaining to how you can prepare yourself for the inevitable second wave, we’ve got two words for you: Stock up.
  • Healthcare systems will undoubtedly be better prepared when novel coronavirus infections start rising again, but local stores in many regions still don’t have stock of key essentials.
  • Here, we’ll show you where you can get five key essentials right now — including face masks and hand sanitizer — so you can stock up before the next rush.
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Just about every expert you can find agrees that most states are beginning to reopen their economies too soon. That said, they also all seem to agree that a second wave of novel coronavirus infections is inevitable. With that in mind, we know that it’s impossible to avoid a coronavirus second wave. The difference this time around, however, is that we’ll be better prepared for it.

With everything that has happened over the past few months and considering all of the CDC’s recommendations, you know you need to wear a face mask when you go outside. You know you need to use hand sanitizer whenever you touch a surface in public. But you also know those things and more will be impossible to find once the second wave arrives. You need to stock up on essentials right now while you still can, and we’ve got five important recommendations below for things you should stock up on.

Face masks

Jointown 3-layer face masks are by far the best-selling masks on Amazon and they do a great job of protecting you when combined with strict social distancing and good hygiene. Plus, they only cost 70¢ per mask so you should definitely stock up.

Jointown Face Mask, Pack of 50 (5081) Jointown Face Mask, Pack of 50 (5081) $34.99 ($0.70 / mask) Available from Amazon
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For higher-risk activities like taking public transportation, flying, or visiting a doctor’s office, more effective KN95 masks are good to have. MagiCare KN95 face masks are very popular with our readers and are back in stock right now at the new lower price of just $4 each. Head over to eBay and you’ll easily pay $10 or $12 each for KN95 masks!

Hand sanitizer

Chemical Guys Eighty Aid hand sanitizer has been very popular among our readers and it’s now back in stock. It’s a water thin formula instead of a gel so it leaves no residue behind at all, and it’s very strong with 80% ethyl alcohol content.

Chemical Guys HYG10016 Alcohol Antiseptic 80% Topical Solution Hand Sanitizer (16 oz), 16. Flui… Chemical Guys HYG10016 Alcohol Antiseptic 80% Topical Solution Hand Sanitizer (16 oz), 16. Flui… $9.99 per 16 oz. bottle Available from Amazon
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If you’re looking for gel, Artnaturals Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Gel has been a best-seller for a while now. 12-packs of 8-ounce bottles are now back in stock and you’ll pay just $3.33 per bottle.

Artnaturals Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizer Gel (12 Pack x 8 Fl Oz / 220ml) Infused with Aloe Vera… Artnaturals Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizer Gel (12 Pack x 8 Fl Oz / 220ml) Infused with Aloe Vera… $39.99 ($3.33 / 8 oz. bottle) Available from Amazon
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Toilet paper

Remember how difficult it was to find toilet paper a month ago? Well, it’s still that tough to find in some areas and it’s going to gett even worse once coronavirus infection rates start climbing again. Do yourself a favor: Visit Amazon’s toilet paper page and stock up.

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Paper towels

The run on paper towels was nowhere near as bad as the run on toilet paper, but good brands are still difficult to find in some regions. Paper towels never expire and you’ll always need them, so you might as well stock up on paper towels while some decent options are still available.

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Chest freezer

If there’s one thing I wish I had ordered long before the coronavirus outbreak got really bad, it’s a chest freezer. There’s no way you can fit enough frozen food in your refrigerator’s freezer unless you already have two fridges. If you don’t, you’ll find two terrific chest freezer options below.

COSTWAY Car Freezer, 63 Quart Compressor Travel Refrigerator -0.4°F to 50°F, Portable & Compa… COSTWAY Car Freezer, 63 Quart Compressor Travel Refrigerator -0.4°F to 50°F, Portable & Compa… $599.99 Available from Amazon
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Kismile 3.0 Cu.ft Compact Upright Freezer with Reversible Single Door,Removable Shelves Mini Fr… Kismile 3.0 Cu.ft Compact Upright Freezer with Reversible Single Door,Removable Shelves Mini Fr… $399.99 Available from Amazon
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Northair Compact Chest Freezer 3.5 Cubic Feet Free-Standing Top Door Freezers 6.8℉ to -4℉ w… Northair Compact Chest Freezer 3.5 Cubic Feet Free-Standing Top Door Freezers 6.8℉ to -4℉ w… $329.99 Available from Amazon
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