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Coronavirus checklist: What to buy to keep yourself safe

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As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread across the United States, more people may be put under home quarantine. Meanwhile, non-infected people may want to work from home or self quarantine, especially those living in infected communities. 

Although the coronavirus outbreak has yet to reach pandemic levels, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommends storing a two-week supply of water, food, and other essentials.   

"Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins," reads the DHS guidlines. 

Even if the coronavirus outbreak doesn't reach pandemic levels, it's always a good idea to have a well-stocked emergency kit should you ever need it. Here's a coronavirus checklist with products recommended by the DHS.

Other emergency items to have in stock

Louis Ramirez

As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. That means price checking against multiple retailers and searching high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.