Covid Home Management Be Prepared Kit Ideas
This list has been crowd sourced from the NZ Long Covid support group. Please don't feel that you need to buy everything on here, you may be able to share things with your community if needed (and can be safely cleaned)
It is not intended to nor should be used to substitute medical advice. It is designed to help you prepare for the possibility of home management for Covid-19
PLEASE SEEK URGENT MEDICAL CARE IF YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR BREATHING OR OTHER SYMPTOMS
Call 111 or healthline on 0800 611 116. Or call your GP.
Safety Cough / Throat / Sinus Fever Aches Self Care & help Ask Doctor about... Boredom
Masks Tissues Panadol Extra pillows Easy to heat meals (soups) Antihistamines Netflix
Gloves Kawakawa or other balm Nurofen Heat packs Emergency contact list inhalers Puzzles
Hand sanitiser Iceblocks Electrolytes Sinus relief House plan for self isolation steroids Books
Charged phone Vicks for steaming Thermometer Extra blankets Sleep drops oxygen levels Notebook/pen
Phone plan Bowl & towel for head steaming Cool packs Bone broth anti inflammatories Cards
Disinfectant Or Vaporiser Warm clothes High grade Vitamin C when to go to hospital Podcasts
Clean drinking water Oximeter Peppermint or Ginger Tea check supplements Soothing music!
Child care plan Spare batteries for gadgets Vitamin D breath work Video calls
Ventilation & warmth Throat spray Zinc (take with food)
Support person Throat probiotics Straws or balloons for lung exercises, please consult your GP first
Rubbish bags Throat lozenges Box breathing only with GP advice
Cleaning products Saline nasal rinse Breathing and meditation apps
Compression socks Saline nasal spray Food deliveries - https://shop.sva.org.nz
Epsom Bath salts (if you have a bath)
Pre prepared kits for sale (these are not from us):
Above all else - REST is crucial. You must rest
Medications from doctor may be required in addition.
You will likely lose your appetite, but must eat nutrient rich foods. Avoid sugar where possible (inflammatory). Avoid alcohol & caffiene
If someone is feeding you and delivering food, ensure that they leave at door and then go away before you collect. Keep all food containers in rubbish bags until send of self isolation, then deposit safely (gloves, handled by one member of family)
Panadol can be purchased via doctor prescription at a lower cost than pharmacy or supermarkets
Keep a journal of symptoms experienced each day until completely recovered (this could go for a while - suggest digital if you can)
Make a list of household instructions if you're usually in charge of keeping the house running - feeding pets, paying bills, how to use things, etc
Write down your medical background and any medications you usually take - make sure this can be found easily
Keep a top up of items you regularly use at home in one place so you can easily make a kit and get isolated
Check your doctor can do phone / video consults. If not, find one that can.
Get a medical certificate from the GP to ensure you get your work and payment / benefits covered as required
Tips on how to self isolate from the NZ government
Home Management Tips
https://twitter.com/SandhyaRamanat1 https://t.co/vMz0ORwv9R?amp=1 How to manage Covid at home
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifnYjD4IKus How to read an Oxi meter and pulse reader
NZ Covid Impacted Persons https://www.facebook.com/groups/nzcovidsupport NB; only for Long Covid patients.
NZ Long Covid https://www.facebook.com/groups/nzlongcovid NB; for those looking for resources