Many experts are warning a so-called second wave of coronavirus will be arriving this autumn. Some say it could be even WORSE than what we’ve already been through.
But how much do they really know?
Well, I can tell you right now there’s really only ONE thing we know for sure about potential future spikes of COVID-19. And that is anyone who is claiming to have all the answers is simply LYING.
What we do know is the infection is still here now. And some experts say that may actually be a good sign. It could be that the bug is NOT seasonal. This means that the predicted “second wave” spike may not be as bad as feared.
So don’t panic. But do be prepared.
5 ways to prep for the second wave of COVID-19
These five steps are a great way to get started NOW, so you don’t get caught off guard by a resurgence of the virus LATER.
FIRST: Stock up on shelf staples
It’s a good time to stock up on essentials. DON’T panic buy. But DO rebuild your toiletry, cleaning, freezer, and pantry supplies over the next few weeks in prep for a potential second wave.
Get more toilet paper, hand soap, and cleaning supplies. Put some pasta and sauce (the only time I’ll recommend noodles) in the cupboard. Canned veggies, meats, soups, and peanut butter are all good shelf-stable options too. Fill up the freezer with some frozen fish, meats, vegetables, and a few treats. Flour, sugar, and other baking items are a good idea too. And don’t forget the extra batteries.
Essentially you’re going to want to replenish your supplies of everything you wished you had more of in March when the world went crazy. Because come September or October, it could turn into a wild ride of short supplies again if we get hit hard with a second wave.
SECOND: Get your care while you can
If you’re overdue for a medical appointment, and you’re in an area having a coronavirus lull, ask your doc if he’d like to see you now (and what he recommends for a safe visit).
But don’t just look at what care you’ve been putting off. Look ahead too. If you’re due for an appointment, test, or treatment in the fall, you might want to see if you can take care of that now, too in case a second wave of the virus keeps you confined indoors.
THIRD: Grab more meds and masks
If you can get multi-month supplies of your prescriptions, do so soon. If you haven’t tried telemedicine and online or mail-order pharmacy, go ahead and set those things up now. They will help if you need to reorder meds but can’t go out.
Restock other medicine-chest essentials too, including masks, Band-Aids, rubbing alcohol, and whatever else you might need for minor self-care at home. And consider investing in your own blood pressure reader and pulse oximeter if you don’t have them already.
FOURTH: Support your immune system
Now is also a good time to make sure your immune system is getting what it needs to be firing on all cylinders. Emerging evidence suggests that proper levels of vitamin D, for example, could lead to better outcomes for folks fighting all kinds of infections.
A daily multivitamin, zinc, fish oil, probiotics, and vitamin C are all good for general immune support as well regardless of whether we face a second wave of not.
FIFTH: Reset your sleep
If you haven’t had the best rest habits, this is the time to fix it. Because proper sleep is an absolutely critical part of your immune system.
If you’re a night owl, turn in earlier. And if you struggle to sleep no matter when you knock out, work with a naturopathic medical doctor to find and fix the cause without heavy-duty drugs.
In many cases, melatonin – ideally a spray or dissolvable form – can help you get to sleep faster, stay asleep longer, and get better rest overall.