Is anyone surprised that I am a thousand percent into pandemic prep?
I didn't think so.
I read this Scientific American blog and was totally persuaded (baaaaaaaa), so here's what I did:
1. Evaluated our grocery supply. I think we always have 2 weeks of food in the house on any given day. Is it all food I'd be excited to eat? No way. But it's there.
2. Decided to buy extra dry and frozen goods every week at the store (not a lot-- this week, I bought more processed stuff than usual and spent less than $40 more).
3. Subscribed to more paper products, etc from Amazon. We let our Costco membership lapse, so I have been doing all of my bulk shopping on Amazon, and I really like not worrying about paper products, dog food, this one tea I really like and can't find in town, etc. (Yes, I have ethical problems with Amazon, but I also have ethical problems with the demands on middle-class working women with kids, and if my kitchen robot can help me shop for my things and take away the mental and physical burden of hauling so much shit into the house all of the time, then it's a trade off I am making right now).
4. Stocked up on all of our OTC meds, Cooper's inhalers, and other prescription drugs. What's an FSA account for if not to pay full price for stuff the insurance won't cover because it's not time for a refill (EYE ROLL TIMES ONE THOUSAND)?
Things I still need to do:
1. Buy a vat of hand sanitizer before other panic preppers like me hoard it all
2. Stock up on bleach, Lysol, vinegar, hand soap, laundry detergent, and dish soap
3. Make sure all of the bathrooms are fully stocked with lotion, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc
Again, these are all things we normally have in the house and buy on the regular. I just don't want to be in a position where I have to run out and get them.
Things I am not buying:
Why? Simple. They don't prevent you from getting the virus. Healthcare professionals who are always around sick or immunosuppressed people needs them. They make you wash your hands less frequently and touch your face more often because you feel a false sense of protection.
Am I the only doomsday shopper I know? Anything else I should make sure to buy?