NEW YORK – The concern
on the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, has dominated the headlines of
the news as the outbreak continues to increase worldwide.
The confirmed cases
in the United States continue to increase and many are already preparing for
the possibility of school and business closures, greater restrictions on
trip and even the possibility of being quarantined.
Yes well the number
of confirmed cases of coronavirus remains low in the country, they have
advised thousands of Americans to quarantine because of their recent
trips to places where several cases have been confirmed.
Torres, medical correspondent for our sister chain NBC 4, confirmed
TODAY program that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
(CDC), recommend quarantine for any
person who has been in China or other affected areas in the last 14
days. Voluntary quarantine is also recommended for those who have
been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
The experts in
infectious diseases currently believe that the incubation period of
COVID-19 is 14 days.
someone who has been potentially exposed to the virus should enter
quarantine for 14 days so do not spread it to others, “explained Dr.
Torres, who added that this precaution should help reduce the
virus transmission speed
On the other hand, the
people are taking steps to buy items at local supermarkets
non-perishable essentials and household items as a precaution in case of
This would be good
idea in case you need to volunteer quarantine, or if
find taking care of someone who may have been exposed to the coronavirus, to
so be prepared and have
Enough nutritious foods at home that can last up to two weeks.
This is a list.
given by TODAY Food from nutrient-rich and stable foods, in addition to
healthy products that will help keep your family nourished and satisfied
in case they have to stay at home for a prolonged period of
Canned are basic products to store during emergencies. Whether
keep at a moderate temperature (approximately 75 degrees), the products
Canned can last for decades. While those in quarantine do not
will be indefinitely, having canned vegetables and fruits on hand is a
great way to make sure you still consume vitamins and minerals
• Fruits: look for canned fruits that don’t
have added sugar Depending on the type of fruit, vitamin C will vary from
approximately 45% (peaches) to 90% (grapefruit) of the daily amount
Recommended per serving. Choose a variety of canned mixed fruits: good
Options are the portions of peaches, pears, pineapple, grapefruit and tangerines.
• Vegetables: an excellent source of fiber, vitamin C and others
nutrients. Canned vegetables like corn, carrots, peas
and green beans are an excellent addition to many foods, since
Tortillas until stews. Look for low sodium varieties. Other good food
it is pumpkin, because it is loaded with beta-carotene, which is essential for
keep the immune system strong. Also, look at canned beets,
since a portion of this nutritious tuber contains 1.5 grams of fiber,
1.5 milligrams of iron and 125 milligrams of potassium.
• Beans: all varieties of
canned beans, from black beans to pinto beans, are a great
source of vegetable protein and can be used in everything from tacos to soups.
Check the label to make sure there is no additional salt or seasoning
He doesn’t like them. Chickpeas are also rich in protein.
• Ravioli: While some pasta
canned foods tend to be high in sodium (about 700 milligrams per
portion), cheese ravioli provide carbohydrates, protein and are
Low in saturated fat. If you have children, having some of these at hand will be
A fun way to improve food.
• Fish: a wonderful source of protein and acids
fatty omega-3, canned fish (such as tuna, salmon, anchovies and
sardines), can be used in sandwiches and main dishes. Pick up a dozen
of cans, many stores offer discounts when you buy multiple, as
They will last a long time.
• Soups and chili peppers: choose from different types
For everyone in your home. Look for low sodium soups and consider the
fat content of cream-based dishes.
BASICS IN THE PANTRY
It is possible that already
have a lot of pasta and peanut butter in your pantry, but when you have to
staying for a few days in the house, can be quickly exhausted. These
These are the foods you should have in your drawers for the whole family.
of Apple: the applesauce without added sugar is a snack
Healthy for children and adults. It can also be added to muffins or other products
baked to give them sweeter and fiber.
• Quinoa: cooked quickly and full of
8 grams of protein per cup, quinoa is a healthy seed. It is also
Excellent for cooking soups and stews. Brown rice, farro, barley and
Bulgur are other tasty whole grain options. Buy a pair of
boxes of each.
• Pasta: this food is basic in the pantry, be it the classic, based on wheat
or gluten free A 1 pound box of dried pasta produces eight servings, so
that a family of four can buy four or more boxes for a period of
two weeks. Pasta sauce in a jar is also good to buy, or you can
Make your own sauce with canned tomatoes.
• Chicken, beef or vegetable broth: these
They can be low in calories, but also a great source of protein. The
Broths are excellent as soups and stews. They also add a great
flavor to cooked grains and rice.
• Dry fruits: although dried fruits do not contain the water that
It is found in a fresh fruit, they do contain many nutrients. Dried fruit
It can be used to cover cereal, oatmeal and yogurt, and it can also be used
add to baked goods. A few different containers
varieties should be enough to use for two weeks.
• Nuts: nuts, rich in
Nutrients and full of proteins of vegetable origin, contain healthy fats
for the heart, as well as essential minerals. Corn butter can be
spread on apples or can be mixed with oatmeal and yogurt. Choose a pair of
jars different from peanut butter and almond butter for a change.
• Seeds: the seeds like chia, the
Flax and hemp provide alpha-linolenic fatty acids, which provide
anti-inflammatory benefits Store the seeds in the refrigerator and
Nuts in the freezer to help spread its freshness.
• Baby food and formulas:
Depending on the age of your baby, they may already be eating food from
Adults. But, it is a good idea to have some bags of food for children
Ready to eat to complement your meals. And if there is a baby in the house,
Make sure you have enough formula for at least two weeks.
• Stable pasteurized milk: this class
of milk is very common in Europe, but Americans don’t use it with
frequency. Once opened, it requires refrigeration and lasts approximately one
Do not overload your
freezer with too much frozen food since, unlike food
canned, many of these foods do not last long. However, the
Frozen fruits and vegetables are often as nutritious as fresh ones.
• Vegetables: buy a variety of frozen vegetables for
Add to pasta, sauteed or soups. I recommend a variety of vegetables
Greens, such as peas, broccoli and spinach. I could buy about four bags
• Fruit: frozen fruit, such as diced mango, peaches, fruits
Forest and others, are excellent for making smoothies and desserts. Like the
Canned fruits are a great source of vitamin C.
• Burritos: bean burritos
Basics are rich in protein and can be seasoned with sauce and cheese. Do not
They take up a lot of freezer space and are easy to reheat.
• Pizza: If you have space in your freezer for pizza, it’s probably worth the
pain. Freshly baked pizza will be a good meal in one night. Forever
You can put vegetables and other ingredients.
• Meats and birds: the chicken breast, the
Ground beef and ground turkey freeze well. They can be the central base of
a meal, or they can be added to soups and peppers to increase their volume.
• Desserts: They could be pleased with
Ice cream or popsicles in added sugar.
FOOD FOR BREAKFAST AND LUNCH
• Cereal: some cereal boxes with
high fiber content are good (look with at least 5 grams per serving),
like Fiber One or All Bran.
• Instant oatmeal or oatmeal packages
rolled up: Instant oatmeal is a very hearty breakfast and always
You can add a tablespoon of peanut butter to get more protein,
or a few tablespoons of dried fruit to sweeten it.
• Granola bars and protein bars: exercising at home can make you
Well, and these snacks can help you maintain energy.
• Popcorn: Buy several boxes of suitable popcorn
for microwaves, or a jar of beans if you want to do it the old way,
so if you have to stay at home you can enjoy Netflix, Hulu and Amazon
PERFECT PRODUCTS OF LONGER LIFE
Fresh are still important. However, some perishable products
They last longer than others. Before collecting items such as eggs, bread and butter,
check the expiration date of the packages to make sure they are not
• Apples: full and versatile, apples are rich in
fiber, vitamin C and potassium. In addition, they will remain fresh for
approximately three weeks when refrigerated.
• Bananas: bananas don’t last long, but this is
A fruit that freezes very well. Buy a lot, cut them and freeze them
slices They are excellent for milkshakes or chocolate dipped.
• Oranges and Lemons: packed with
Vitamin C, citrus fruits will keep the immune system active and
They will last up to two weeks in the refrigerator. The zest and juice of these
Fruits will also help brighten the taste in a variety of marinades and recipes.
• Eggs: fresh eggs must
stored in its original box to protect them. They will last three weeks later
of the purchase when refrigerated properly. If you boil the eggs, they will last
Up to a week If your family loves (and likes to bake), consider
stock up and buy up to four dozen eggs for a period of two
• Butter: an essential ingredient for baking and for
spread, the butter will last in the fridge for a few months.
• Cheese: crumbled and block cheeses should last approximately two
weeks, provided you seal the packages correctly after opening them. The
Harder cheeses such as cheddar and pecorino can last a month.
Softer cheeses such as Gouda and Brie last approximately two weeks.
• Carrots: Carrots are rich in beta carotene, which is
necessary for the health of the skin and eyes. Per 1 cup serving, the
Carrots provide almost 4 grams of fiber. A bag of carrots without
Peeling will last at least two weeks in the product drawer of your refrigerator.
• Garlic and onion: these two can be used in hundreds of recipes and
They last a long, long time. Stored at room temperature, you are tasty
Light bulbs will last up to two months.
• Potatoes: white potatoes are rich in
potassium and will last at room temperature for about two weeks.
• Cabbage: High in fiber and loaded with
Nutrients, cabbage is an excellent item to have on hand. A head
whole cabbage will last in the refrigerator for about a week.
You can crush it and add it to tacos and salads, or stew it to make a
Dish like stuffed cabbage.
• Bread (bagels, slices of bread, tortillas): These can freeze them. To freeze the
Bread, keep the product in its original packaging and place it in the freezer.
When you want to eat it, let it thaw at room temperature and then
Toast Bagels, tortillas and even English muffins can be frozen. I bought
enough bread for each family member to enjoy two
slices (or a bagel or muffin) every day.
According to Dr.
Torres, if you must undergo quarantine, it is essential to make sure you have
Enough prescription drugs for a period of two weeks. Besides of
medicine you need to take, you can buy the following items (if you
are running out) while in the pharmacy section of your
• Ibuprofen or
• Medicine for
fever for children (if there are children in the family)
• Medicine for
• Saline solution
for allergy, like Benddryl and Claritin.
• Toilet paper
• Towels of
• Soap for
dishes and other essential cleaning items, such as disinfectant wipes.
• Band aids
Have this list
at hand in the case of a situation, but, until then, keep in mind that
The best defense against any virus is to thoroughly wash the
hands, which is a great habit to do it always.