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  • Schools have reopened across the country, flu season is just around the corner, and new coronavirus case numbers aren’t anywhere near as low as officials like Dr. Fauci want them to be.
  • More and more experts think covid cases are about to start soaring again, and several reports say it could lead to another big rush of grocery hoarding.
  • Things likely won’t be as bad as they were back in March and April, but you should still stock up on critical essentials.

In-person classes have now resumed in schools across the country and the flu season is right around the corner. It should go without saying that this combination could be disastrous, and some experts believe we’re on the verge of a huge second rush of grocery hoarding.

Everyone surely recalls how horrible things were back in March and April of this year when it was impossible to find essentials like face masks, hand sanitizer, bleach, household cleaners, and of course toilet paper. But the good news is that availability has improved dramatically since then, so there’s no way things will get as bad as they were the first time around. That said, it’s still probably a good idea to stock up now on some key essentials now in case people start stockpiling groceries again.

Everyone knows by now that they need to wear face masks whenever they go outside. They also know they need to use hand sanitizer like Puricia whenever they touch a surface or object in public or anything foreign that comes into the home, such as packages and groceries. They know they need to sanitize things in their homes and offices with disinfectant wipes all the time. Not everyone is as smart or as cautious though, and there will likely be supply shortages in the coming weeks and months as case numbers continue to soar.

No one wants to have to deal with another rush of grocery hoarding, but you may be running out of time to get out ahead of it. That’s why you should definitely stock up now, and there are five key things you’d be wise to focus on.

Face masks

There are so many different options for face masks, so you can really have your pick. If you’re looking for reusable masks, the EnerPlex Premium 3-ply Resuable masks come in different sizes to best fit your face. For a stylish and reusable mask, the Weddingstar face mask comes in many different styles and patterns.

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For those who enjoy disposable masks, there’s a big discount on masks that ship directly from Canada. This pack of 100 from Connex is only $14.99 right now. There is also a $13.50 discount on another 100 pack of blue face masks from SD.

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Lastly, if you want a mask where you can insert dust filters, you should consider the AstroAI Reusable Dust Face Mask. It comes with one mask and seven activated carbon filters.

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Hand sanitizer

The big news here is that Puricia hand sanitizer is still on sale right now. A pack of 12 bottles is discounted up to $25. A pack of 6 bottles is slightly discounted to $47.95 and if you only need a few bottles, then the three-pack is $5 off.

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If you want a stronger alcohol solution, check out the 80% CRE8 Liquid Hand Sanitizer. This has been in stock the entire time and is still relatively cheap at $14.99 per bottle.

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For the top of your desk or in your car, reach for SaniGel hand sanitizer. This pack of two pump bottles is only $23.45.

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Household cleaners

It makes sense that certain things like Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Clorox bleach cleaners would be in high demand since they kill germs and viruses, including human coronaviruses. If you recall back to March and April though, most cleaners from top brands were sold out in stores. Stock up now on all the household cleaners you need because there’s no telling when they might start flying off the shelves again. Even PREempt wipes are in stock today at slightly less inflated prices, but only if you hurry. There is also Dapple Baby All Purpose Cleaning Wipes for only $8.99 and if you want a disinfectant spray, Lysol Disinfectant Spray is only $7.99.

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Toilet paper

No one wants to relive what was happening across the country back in March and April. That said, some top TP brands are still somewhat difficult to come by online and in local stores. Do yourself a favor: Visit Amazon’s toilet paper page and stock up — Charmin, Cottonelle, and Scott are all in stock today, so you don’t have to settle for Amazon brand.

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Paper towels

Paper towel hoarding is pretty bad, as the prices are inflated across the country. This is something that never expires and you’ll always need them, so you might as well stock up on paper towels while some decent options are still available.

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