Pandemic Essentials You Should Stock Up On, According To ABC Medical Correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton

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Playing 3 Essentials You Should Have At Home During The Pandemic, According To a Doctor | Dr. Jen Ashton

While face masks and social distancing may be the new normal (at least for now), panic buying doesn't have to be. Just ask ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Jen Ashton, who literally wrote the book on the subject. Dr. Jen's new book, The New Normal: A Roadmap to Resilience in the Pandemic Era, includes advice for navigating life amid the pandemic, taking into account the rapidly changing landscape.

"In the book, I really go through how people can kind of 'pandemic-proof' their life and their home and develop this resilience toolkit," she says. And what we really need are things that help us take care of our health at home, according to the doc. 

Here are the top three things Dr. Jen recommends stocking up on now.

1. Mini Medical Kit

"Everyone should have a little medical kit," Dr. Jen says. In hers, she stores prescription medications on one side and bandages and over-the-counter medications on the other side. "Now is a good time to stock up. You don't want to wait until two in the morning," the doc adds. She recommends having OTC meds on hand that treat pain, nausea, constipation, gas, allergic reaction, allergies, itching, skin infection, acid reflux, nasal congestion and diarrhea — just in case.

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We took Jen's advice and rounded up some cute + practical options for storing your first aid essentials in style.

Zippered First Aid Bag with Pockets ($13)

Zippered First Aid Bag with Pockets
Amazon

SWISSGEAR Heather Gray Toiletry Bag ($20)

SWISSGEAR Heather Gray Toiletry Bag
Target

SWISSGEAR Travel Dopp Kit - Black ($20)

SWISSGEAR Travel Dopp Kit - Black
Target

Portable Mini First Aid Pouch ($9)

Portable Mini First Aid Pouch
Amazon

First Aid & Things Bag ($16) 

First Aid & Things Bag
Etsy

Insulated Emergency Bag ($25)

Insulated Emergency Bag
Etsy

Large Silver Micro Mesh Pouch ($7)

Large Silver Micro Mesh Pouch
The Container Store

Accessory Organizer ($15)

Accessory Organizer
The Container Store

reisenthel Grey Cosmetic Case ($15)

reisenthel Grey Cosmetic Case
The Container Store

Sonia Kashuk Loaf Bag ($12)

Sonia Kashuk Loaf Bag
Target

American Red Cross Family First Aid Kit ($40)
This 120-piece kit from the American Red Cross contains essential first-aid supplies.

American Red Cross Family First Aid Kit
Walmart

2. Two Thermometers

"You never know when you're going to lose one, or one's not going to work well," Dr. Jen says.

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Here are some top-rated thermometers for at-home use chosen by Health.com, Forbes, Business Insider, Wirecutter and NBC News.

Non-Contact Infrared Thermometers

iHealth No-Touch Forehead Thermometer ($30)

iHealth No-Touch Forehead Thermometer
Amazon

ThermoWorks WAND No-Touch Forehead Thermometer ($69)

ThermoWorks Wand
ThermoWorks

Budget Thermometers

iProven DTR-1221A ($10)

iProven DTR-1221A 
Amazon

Vicks ComfortFlex Digital Thermometer ($10)

Vicks ComfortFlex Digital Thermometer
Amazon

Forehead + Ear Thermometers

iProven DMT-489 ($25)

iProven DMT-489
Walmart

Chooseen Digital Forehead and Ear Thermometer ($23)

Chooseen Digital Forehead and Ear Thermometer
Amazon

3. Pulse Oximeter/Heart Rate Monitor 

Dr. Jen uses an Apple Watch Series 6 to monitor her heart rate and check her pulse oximeter and blood oxygen levels. 

"Taking these steps gives you a sense of control over a situation that oftentimes seems out of control," Dr. Jen says, and "hopefully makes this new normal a little bit more palatable."

Apple Watch Series 6
Best Buy

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