Coronavirus: Essential items you should stock up on for the lockdown

Coronavirus: Essential items you should stock up on for the lockdown

 

 

The government is encouraging us to spend more time at home in order to reduce the chances of getting infected with coronavirus.

 

In some countries a lockdown has been enforced meaning that there is a need to stock up on food items. While the government and local supermarkets have assured us that they will continue to stock their shelves, it wouldn’t hurt to have some essential items in your home.

 

 

 

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Even if we want to ensure our food ladders are properly stocked, we still want to eat healthy. Keep this in mind when you go shopping. A healthy diet will boost your immunity reducing chances of falling ill.

 

 

Below are some essential items you should stock up on for the lockdown.

 

 

 

Non-perishable foods 

These are dry foodstuffs that can last for months without getting spoilt.

  1. Flours: maize meal, wheat flour, Semovita
  2. Grains: rice, lentils, beans, dried peas
  3. Snacks: Popcorn, nuts
  4. Cereals: Oats, weetabix, cornflakes,
  5. Canned foods: Fruits, vegetables, fish
  6. Sugar
  7. Pasta
  8. Milk

 

 

 

Coronavirus: Essential items you should stock up on for the lockdown

 

 

 

Condiments

  1. Tomato sauce, vinegar, salt, tomato paste, salad dressing
  2. Spices – garlic powder, cinnamon, cumin, black pepper
  3. Tea leaves, drinking chocolate, coffee
  4. Cooking oil, margarine, peanut butter, jam, marmalade

 

 

Items you can freeze

  1. Bread
  2. Fruits – Cut and bag bananas, mangos, avocados, pineapples
  3. Vegetables – Carrots, peas, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage

 

 

 

ALSO READ: Coronavirus: How to maintain good hygiene under a lockdown

 

 

Perishables

  1. Yoghurt, cheese
  2. Fruits and vegetables

 

 

Snacks

  1. Chocolate
  2. Nuts
  3. Corn chips, banana crisps

 

 

 

Coronavirus: Essential items you should stock up on for the lockdown

 

 

 

Medicines

  1. Painkillers e.g. paracetamol
  2. Antihistamines
  3. First aid: bandages, antiseptic, tweezers, thermometer

 

 

Household items

  1. Gas
  2. Cleaning products
  3. Toilet paper
  4. Sanitary products – bathing soap, sanitary towels
  5. Torch
  6. Batteries
  7. Candles

 

 

 

Remember that this is just a guideline and not a complete list. You can add any items that you use on a daily basis.

Everyone is encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water as a crucial way of saving lives.

About The Author

Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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