9 Self-quarantine gadgets you need to get through the pandemic

There's pretty much no way that you haven't heard the terms self-quarantine and social distancing in the past week. Since WHO declared that COVID-19/coronavirus is now a global pandemic, it's pretty much the only thing people are talking about. Stores are having a difficult time keeping paper towels, toilet paper, Lysol, and cleaners with bleach in them on the shelves. Sure, those are useful items to keep a reasonable amount of, but there are some other self-quarantine gadgets that could make the next few weeks much easier.

9 Self-quarantine gadgets you need to get through the pandemic
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We’re all concerned about COVID-19. It’s natural. It’s new, people have died, and it’s scary. But the biggest thing we can do to protect ourselves is to be smart and not panic. You don’t need six months’ worth of toilet paper. Promise. What you do need to do is wash your hands with soap and water frequently, don’t touch your face, and practice some social distancing. And if you’ve been exposed or are worried about exposure due to age or underlying health issues, self-quarantine. So you’ll need some self-quarantine gadgets to get you through it.

This isn’t a forever thing, and if you’re smart and prepare correctly, you’ll be fine. Social distancing is going to play a big part in reducing the spread of coronavirus and flattening the curve, so healthcare workers and hospitals and resources aren’t overwhelmed. And remember above when we said not to panic? It’s true. And there are plenty of reasons why you shouldn’t, as listed in this article. Officials are taking steps, and while you’re probably annoyed and disappointed you can’t go to that concert or on that trip, it’s a good thing these steps are happening. They will help stem the spread and lower your risk.

And we all know that it’s impossible for many people to stay indoors. There are some professions that make that impossible. That’s okay. If you’re really worried, you can look in to face masks.

One of the biggest things people are thinking about is, “What the heck am I going to do at home for so long?” It’s definitely a conundrum, especially if you’re an extrovert who is used to being out and about and sipping cocktails at your favorite bar. But that’s why we came up with this list—so you can be prepared, but also have a little taste of your normal daily life while you spend a bit more time indoors.

From cocktails to making sure you get your workout in, to ensuring you’re clean, safe, and occupied, we have the self-quarantine gadgets and home accessories you need to get you through the next few weeks.

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker gives you full access to the smart assistant

You’re going to want to communicate between rooms easily, especially if someone in your home needs to be quarantined away from the rest of you. An Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Generation can help. In addition to the new exterior, the small and mighty device also features a new powerful speaker inside. Of course, you get all the access to Alexa with just your voice. From the news to your music to the weather, it’s all just a command away. Likewise, you can instantly access Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, and so much more. Thanks to this integration, the Echo Dot connects to other smart devices in your home for complete smart home control. With new skills being added constantly, Alexa will only get smarter.


PhoneSoap 3 UV Phone Sanitizer kills nearly all the bacteria on your phone

If you’re going out into the world, you have to think about the fact that you’re touching your phone and depositing viruses, germs, and bacteria onto it. Only using UV light, the PhoneSoap 3 UV Phone Sanitizer successfully kills 99.99% of the bacteria on your phone. And, as you probably know, there’s a lot of it. This phone cleaning device surrounds your phone with germicidal UVC light to eliminate bacteria. By using this UV smartphone sanitizer, you could keep yourself and your family healthier because you’ll be in less contact with gross, disease-causing bacteria. No matter what smartphone you use, PhoneSoap 3 can fit it inside. Additionally, it’ll keep your phone charging while it sanitizes, so it does double duty.


Apple TV 4K turns your regular TV into a smart TV

You might have the old TV in your bedroom that doesn’t have anything great hooked up to it. Or maybe it isn’t a smart TV. And you’re going to want your Netflix and Hulu during this. Get the Apple TV 4K. Just hook it up to your TV to stream popular content from Netflix and Amazon Prime in 4K HDR. But that’s not all. This TV has the A10X Fusion chip inside. This is the same chip that already exists inside the iPad Pro. Additionally, the TV supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10. As a result, users can enjoy incredible content on any HDR TV. In fact, the automatic detection of a 4K TV’s capabilities optimizes setup for the best quality picture. It’s time to bring the magic of cinema straight to your living room.


EdgeCross X Intense Home Workout System lets you workout from home

Gyms are dirty on the best of days. You’re not going to step foot in one during a pandemic. The EdgeCross X Intense Home Workout System can give you that serious exercise you crave in just ten minutes. By following a ten-minute home exercise routine, you’ll feel your core seriously start to burn. This intense exercise system provides a home workout option that’s a bit more strenuous than the yoga routine you’re used to. Included with the EdgeCross X is an exercise mat that provides workout instructions. Combining balance, strength, and core exercises, this product will ensure you feel the burn. 

Amazon All-New Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Children’s Tablet will keep kids occupied

If you have kids, you’re definitely going to want self-quarantine gadgets to keep them busy. And while it’s not a toy, the Amazon All-New Fire HD 10Kids Edition Children’s Tablet has plenty of games. In fact, this new kids’ tablet provides a year’s worth of access to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited. This service offers more than 20,000 pieces of content from apps to games and books to educational shows. And because it has 32 gigabytes of internal storage, the kids’ Fire 10 has plenty of room to keep them all. Additionally, this tablet has 12 hours of battery time—and this is while it’s in use.


Perfect Drink Pro Smart Cocktail Scale will help you make the drinks you’re missing

We all know you’re missing those after-work drinks with your colleagues. The Perfect Drink Pro Smart Cocktail Scale can help you make those drinks your craving from your favorite bartender. When you use this kitchen scale with its companion app, it helps you mix the perfect cocktails. Compatible with both Apple and Android devices, the Perfect Drink Pro provides you with more than 400 recipes. All you have to do to get started is set your cocktail shaker on the scale. Then choose which drink you’d like to make in the smart scale app. Finally, pour each ingredient in the order it recommends, and the app will ding when you’ve measured the right amount of all the components.


EVE Healthcare Companion Water Bottle will help you stay hydrated

When you’re at home more than normal, your daily schedule is messed up. Which means you might forget to drink as much water. The EVE Healthcare Companion Water Bottle is a solution to both that, and remembering to take your medication. This smart water bottle stores up to 20 pills, and it can send you reminders when it’s time to take your medication. In fact, it notifies you with customizable music alerts and a multicolored LED Glow. It also reminds you when it’s time to drink water. 

Dyson Pure Cool Me Personal Purifying Fan cools you down with purified air

Every self-quarantine gadgets list should include and air purifier. Cool down with purified air with the Dyson Pure Cool Me Personal Purifying Fan. Utilizing a HEPA filter, this device captures 99.7% of pollutants and allergens as tiny as 0.3 microns. Dyson Pure Cool Me helps improve the air quality around you while delivering cool, purified airflow. Featuring a unique dome mechanism, the personal purifying fan offers accurate airflow control. By controlling the strength of each air jet, it sends airflow exactly right where you want it. Offering smooth oscillation, the personal purifying fan can rotate from side to side. Similarly, it has a 70-degree range for delivering airflow. Finally, the Dyson Pure Cool Me fan provides built-in reminders to let you know when your filter needs replacing.


TheChefClub Super Sharp Knives require no special care

You’re going to be cooking at home more. And you’re going to need better, cleaner knives that don’t have wood handles where bacteria and viruses can linger. And make no compromises in your kitchen when you use TheChefClub Super Sharp Knives. Featuring advanced Powder Steel Blades with precision engineering, these knives are always impressively sharp. Likewise, they’re perfectly balanced and complete with an ergonomic grip for effortless use. And, these knives don’t just perform well; they also look good doing it. There are also four finish options to choose from. Incredibly, TheChefClub Knives require no special treatment or maintenance. Instead, you can focus on the joy and fun of cooking.


You might have already thought of some of these, or already have them in your home. Personally, that phone sanitizing gadget is going to come in real handy for us. Be smart, don’t panic, and remember that we have so many more modern medical advancements than in times past when things like this have happened. Are you doing anything special to prepare? Let us know!

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Meet Tera Cuskaden

Tera has worked in the publishing industry since 2004 and considers the written word her first love. When she's not writing or editing, she's usually traveling, knitting, or binge-watching Netflix.

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