The image you see here is not pretty and over the last 7 days you have seen enough pictures of toilet paper! But this is an image of the "blankness" of where TP normally is at our Gainesville, Florida Sam's Club. This photo could be a file image for all box stores and now all grocery stores! First off, please stop the panic buying, it does nobody any good!
By the way you DO NOT need toilet paper to thwart off the Coronavirus! If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, (and many will get the virus) you will need other essentials, not to cure you of the virus, but to relieve your symptoms! When you get a head cold, or Flu you don't buy 96 rolls of TP, right?
What you need to stock up on now for COVID-19 are these items:
Kleenex, Acetaminophen (Tylenol) in 325 mg tablets, Ibuprofen (Advil) in 200 mg tablets, Mucinex, Robitussin or DayQuil/NyQuil, whatever your cough medicine of choice is. If you don’t have a humidifier, that would also be a good thing to get. You can also just turn the shower on hot and sit in the bathroom breathing in the steam. My mom did this for me when I was a kid, it works!
Also it's a good time to make a big batch of your favorite soup to freeze and have on hand. For symptom management, use the meds I mentioned. For a fever over 101, alternate Tylenol and Advil so you’re taking a dose of one or the other every 3 hours. Use both cough suppressants and expectorants (most cough meds have both). Drink a ton of water, hydrate hydrate. Rest lots.
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