Coronavirus has continued to spread across the UK and today saw our first casualty.
While many are choosing to stock up on hand soap and sanitiser the government is taking precaution and asking people who may have come into contact with Covid-19 to self-isolate for 14 days.
This means spending two weeks without seeing anyone or leaving your house – including no food shops.
So, if you need to go into self-isolation you’ll need to have enough supplied to get you through, and we don’t just mean Netflix shows to binge.
Now, it’s not just those who have travelled abroad who are being isolated…
Yes, while if you have travelled to a high-risk area like Northern Italy, you will need to quarantine yourself, the authorities are also tracking down everyone positive testers have been in contact with.
These people will have to self-isolate too.
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So, if you’ve worked with, gone for dinner with or met up with someone who has been travelling you may need to be prepared.
Here’s the answers to some common questions:
Should you have a stockpile?
You don’t need to start hoarding bean like a conspiracy theorist, no.
While it might be useful to grab a few extra items when out, there will be plenty of other options for ordering required items.
The government has said that friends and family are safe to drop off supplies at the door and you can still have your shopping delivered.
If you’ve got cash to splash then you can still order a takeaway – but they may be busier than usual.
Ratula Chakraborty, retail expert at Norwich Business School, UEA said: "Online grocery retailers are already seeing booming sales with the consequence that households are having to wait longer for their deliveries.”
She claims that the trend will “accelerate” if the epidemic spreads.
If you’re worried though, having a two-weeks worth supply of food can be useful.
Especially if you have small children who need things like milk formula which may become more difficult to track down.
This way you’ll also avoid having to pay delivery fees or charges.
Money blogger “Skint Dad” gave the Sun a checklist of items whick you should keep in your stockpile.
- Lentils – nutritious, easy to cook, source of protein
- Pulses – nutritious, easy to cook, source of protein
- Beans – source of protein
- Canned meat
- Canned fish
- Canned vegetables
- Canned fruits
- Frozen foods like vegetables and meats
- Dried fruits – these last a long time.
- Powdered milk
- Baking goods – like flour and yeast – to make bread
- Coffee and tea
- Herbs and spices – to help flavour foods
- Bottled water – it’ll be clean.
- Anything specific for kids under two years old
- Pet supplies, if needed
While two weeks is hardly long enough to start running out of truly necessary household items you may also want to stock up on the following.
- Sanitary protection
- Toilet roll
- Laundry detergents
- Candles and torches
- Any medicines you need or may need
- Bin bags
- Tin foil, cling film or sandwich bags
- Baby essentials
Whatever you do, don’t panic.
Make sure you have the truly necessary items like baby food, nappies and necessary medicines.
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After all, if you run out of loo roll or cleaning products you’ll probably be just fine for a fortnight.
Now, make a list of all the things you can keep yourself occupied with during your down time… Netflix, a good book, a glass of wine.
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