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8 Items that are essential in your health kit at home

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The pandemic is still considered as a concerning issue for every household even as the Ber months have arrived in 2021, which is why it is important to make sure you’re not running out of some important items in your health kit so that you and your loved ones are safe and protected. It is important not to let our guard down when it comes to protecting ourselves and our loved ones from the deadly virus.

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In order to serve as a reminder that we should be ready to face the struggles that COVID-19 continues to pose in our community, let’s go through a refresher on what things are helpful to have in our health kits at home. If you feel as if you have been a little too carefree whenever you go out or see your friends, it is good to reflect and take note of the importance of protecting yourself and having proper safety items.

Since COVID-19 is a highly transmittable disease, taking that extra step to protect yourself and your loved ones are always going to be worth the effort. See for yourself if you have the following:

Face masks

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By know everyone already knows the importance of wearing face masks, as they are mandated by the government and in different places, such as shopping malls and restaurants. In order to prevent the virus transmission, masks are encouraged by everyone concerned for their safety. Which is why it is of great help to take note whether you have enough at home as you are always going to use them outside, especially if you are using disposable ones, since realizing you have run out of masks can be a great inconvenience.

Soap

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One of the most overlooked but reliable item to have in your health kit is your soap. By frequently washing your hands, you are already well on your way to having a cleaner and safer home since you are preventing further spread of what could possibly be traces of COVID-19 that you have been contaminated of from outdoors. It is important to remind yourself that the virus has a high transmission rate.

Hand Sanitizers

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As stated above, it is always advised by health professionals to wash your hands reguarly. Whatever task you are doing that involves the use of your hands, soap and water are something that you will have to depend on to rid yourself of possible contamination. However, when you are in places where soap and water are not within your reach, having a hand sanitizer that has at least 60 percent alcohol will be of great help.

Cleaning sprays or wipes

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To make sure that your household is free from contamination, keeping the place tidy will do wonders for everyone’s overall health and prevent them from getting sick. By having cleaning sprays or using wipes to remove dirt on surfaces, you are taking good safety measures that is generally going to benefit your well-being. It is also helpful for family members who are suspected to have contracted the virus.

Immune-boosting food

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Some of the things that you need to be sure that you have stock of are immune-boosting food. What kind of vitamins and minerals you take play a vital role when it comes to fending off the various kinds of viruses. Some example of food that can help you be stronger are fruits from the citrus family, such as grapefruit or oranges.

Thermometer or thermal temperature scanner

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Having a thermometer or an available thermal temperature scanner can be a great source of information when you need to manage or monitor your health. One should always be ready if someone in your household is susceptible to running an occassional fever, and it  is especially helpful when someone in your household is possibly dealing with symptoms. It can also provide insight when you are calling your doctor as well.

Medical supplies

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There are times when you get sick, and this will make your immune system vulnerable and you may find it difficult to fend off viruses. This is why stocking up on medical care is essential, so that you can be ready to combat viruses on days when you feel ill. Things such as pain and fever reducers, cough medicines and tissues will come a long way when it comes to combatting sick days and protecting yourself from COVID-19.

Of course, your medical supply kit may vary according to the needs of each individual at home as well. Taking extra steps such as having allergy medicines at hand in case of emergencies are always good to have, too.

Pulse Oximeter

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According to https://www.yalemedicine.org/, Dr. Denyse Lutchmansingh, MD, a Yale Medicine pulmonologist, says pulse oximetry would be beneficial to people who have COVID-19 symptoms. “If you are symptomatic that is a reasonable time to check your oxygen. That is something we’ve been trying to do from an outpatient standpoint. We have COVID-19 patients who we are monitoring at home and one of the deciding factors for bringing them into the hospital is their oxygen level.”

In these trying times, many are wondering if they would need one at home, hence it is important to research what devices would most be suited to your household, such as when there is someone in proximity with regular breathlessness, which can be a symptom of an illness which requires a pulse oximeter. 

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