A list of must-have coronavirus medical essentials – items to have at home during long term isolation periods
As we are potentially long periods of isolation due to Covid-19 and unable to use our healthcare resources for minor ailments, I would like to share this list of must have medical items at home. I did not compile it myself – but a reader who is a fellow Portuguese national and is a nurse in the UK kindly prepared this list for her own benefit, shared it with me and asked me to share it with others.
I had half of the items at home, but not the other – but nothing seems excessive in any way, so I do hope this list comes in handy. I am sharing the brands she recommended and I have purchase but remember that there are alternatives for every case.
I did not know ‘exactly’ where half of these items were in my house – and one was out of date, so just take a moment to check what you already have before setting out to buy anything.
Please stay safe and healthy and, most importantly, stay home.
A first aid kit
From £20 from Amazon UK, Amazon USA
We upgraded our first aid kit at the advice of this medical professional so we can better prepared if things happen with us or with neighbours we are also help looking after.
From £3.70 – get it from Amazon, Boots or Amazon USA
Use to cleanse and help prevent infection.
Re-usable Hot and Cold Pack
From £4 from Amazon UK, Boots or Amazon USA
Re-usable hot and cold packs to treat sprains, strains and delayed onset muscle soreness
Simply place in fridge or freezer for cold use, or heat in microwave for hot use.
Pain relieving gel
Relieves pain. Reduces inflammation. Cools skin
Cotton Finger Cots
From £3 from Amazon UK, Amazon USA
Suitable for sports injuries and for giving effective support to sprains, strains, joints and muscles
Calcium-Sodium Alginate Wound Dressing
From £19.99 from Amazon UK, Amazon USA
A soft, sterile dressing made of calcium–sodium alginate fiber that converts to a firm gel or fiber mat on contact with fluid. It is designed to absorb exudate and to help control minor bleeding
Pain relief heat packs
From £4.75 from Amazon UK or Amazon US
Heat packs that provide targeted, temporary 24 hour warming relief from minor muscular and joint aches and pains
Skin restorative cream
Helps treat broken skin, eczema, nappy rash, stitches, bed sores, skin ulcers with anti-inflammatory & soothing benefits
In addition, basic medicines like ibuprofen and paracetamol (acetaminophen) help with many ailments and absolute at home medical essentials.
This list of coronavirus medical essentials is provided in good faith and does not provide any medical guidance. Please follow your local government health advice. Call 111 in the UK and visit the NHS website for any advice.
As always, wash your hands – and consider this list of hand creams as well.
PS. To make it easier, I created a public list on Amazon UK and Amazon USA.
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