Staff Writer, Not a Doctor (Disclaimer)
Basically you want to prepare as though you know you’re going to get a nasty respiratory bug, like bronchitis or pneumonia.
Just have the foresight to know it’s coming.
One major relief to you parents is that kids do VERY well with coronavirus— they usually bounce back in a few days, NO ONE under 18 has died, and almost no kids have required hospitalization (unless they have a lung disease like CF). Use pediatric dosing of the same meds.
Things you should actually buy ahead of time:
Acetaminophen. (Tylenol) in 325 mg tablets.
Ibuprofen. (Advil) in 200 mg tablets.
Cough medicine. (check the label and make sure you’re not doubling up on acetaminophen, and you want a cough medicine with both a cough suppressant and expectorant.)
Humidifier. (You can also just turn the shower on hot and sit in the bathroom breathing in the steam)
Meal prep: Soup, Water, Soft drinks, and Tea. (Drink A TON, hydrate hydrate hydrate.)
Do not leave your house except to go to the doctor! When you do, wear a mask!
You DO NOT NEED TO GO TO THE ER unless you are having trouble breathing or your fever is very high (over 103.5) and unmanaged with medications.
Just be calm and prepare rationally and everything will be just ducky.