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- Many states have now begun to ease their coronavirus restrictions and allow some nonessential businesses to reopen, but we’re already seeing huge spikes in new COVID-19 cases in several of them.
- People simply aren’t being careful enough as businesses reopen, so infection rates are reaching or even surpassing the rates from back in March in some regions.
- Many people will decide to continue to stay in lockdown as a result, and we have suggestions for some things that will help pass the time indoors.
We have some good news: experts have confirmed that the novel coronavirus outbreak in the United States is finally starting to get better in the weeks to come in many regions. That’s the first ray of sunshine we’ve seen in a very long time, but it’s important that we don’t get ahead of ourselves. Before you get too excited about the possibility that things are starting to improve, it’s important to keep reminding yourself that it doesn’t mean things will go back to normal anytime soon. They won’t. Unless we all remain vigilant, there will be a huge second wave of infections that will be devastating to our healthcare system and to our morale.
Most states are already in the process of reopening their economies at this point, but some are being smarter about it than others. And sadly, not everyone is following the new guidelines even in states that are being smart about reopening. While we’ve seen dramatic decreases in infection rates in some previous hot spots like New York and New Jersey, other states have COVID-19 caseloads that are skyrocketing as they reopen.
There’s one thing you need to keep reminding yourself… this won’t last forever. It’s difficult since staying in isolation is in such stark contrast with the way we normally live our lives, but you have to focus on the big picture. Staying in quarantine will save lives. It will also help dramatically slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, which is crucial since we all know that there’s no vaccine coming until sometime next year at the soonest.
Now that you know you need to continue to stay home as much as possible for at least the next month or two, here are some key items that will help pass the time in self-quarantine.
Spending quality time with your family is obviously important, but so is spending some 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 despite the company’s new policy on delaying deliveries of nonessential items. AirPods Pro are in stock and shipping immediately, and they also happen to be on sale at Amazon’s new lowest price ever. You can also save a bunch of money on Apple’s AirPods 2 both with and without the wireless charging case.
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If you want a more affordable 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 $31.99.
As for a great pair of over-ear headphones with active noise cancellation, we’ve got a terrific option for you. The TaoTronics SoundSurge 60 ANC headphones that have fantastic reviews and are on sale for $42.99 when you clip the on-site coupon, and that’s one of the best prices we’ve seen on these popular headphones.
A streaming media player
The Roku Premiere is on sale right now for just $29, which makes it the most affordable option on the market for a media player that supports both 4K resolution and HDR. You can also pick up a discounted Fire TV Stick or a Fire TV Stick 4K and have it delivered next week, or if you want to save a few bucks, Fire TV Stick 4K refurbs happen to be in stock right now.
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After months 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 $249.99 instead of $329 right now at Amazon. If you’re looking to spend even less, Amazon’s Fire 7 Tablet, Fire HD 8 Tablet, and high-end Fire HD 10 are all on in stock right now starting at just $39.99.
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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 and you can save up to $30 right now thanks to Amazon’s sales.
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Even about stuff that lets you have fun on your own… what about spending some quality time with members of your 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.
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