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This fall, Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, will reopen. Yes, students will be wearing masks, and yes, there will be social distancing and lots of rules about physical contact, but students will be on campus. How could that be, when Harvard is mov...

The $125-140 Sawyer SP191 Point ZeroTwo Bucket Kit is a unique product that sits somewhere between portable water filters and home countertop water filters. The kit combines what would normally be a standalone portable filter with the hoses and att...

Welcome to the newly revamped Key Developments, now twice weekly and with non-COVID news. Right now, it’s actually still just COVID news, but we’ll be slowly morphing it into something broader as we go. The world has over 12.3 million cases.  ...

If there’s one or two products you’ve been trying to get your hands on, but they’re either always out-of-stock or going for sky-high markups, know this: it’s not just you. It’s also not just some random thing you’re trying to get your hands on. The...

Health care workers and restaurant servers seem to be wearing face shields to avoid contracting COVID-19. So should we all be wearing them, too? The bottom line: face shields add extra protection for people who need it—but only if worn and cleaned...

Thinking about home-schooling in the fall for the very first time? You’re not alone—so many families have been trying to sign up for home school in North Carolina that the website crashed. COVID-19 cases are still rising, and reopening schools soun...

Welcome to the newly revamped Key Developments, now twice weekly and with non-COVID news. Right now, it’s actually still just COVID news, but we’ll be slowly morphing it into something broader as we go. There are over 11.9 million global cases. &n...

This is the first blog post of many we’re working on about back-to-school in the COVID-19 era. On staff at The Prepared, we have former and current educators, homeschooling parents, and future homeschoolers.  It’s summer! And we’re all tucked...

Many preppers like military surplus packs because they’re cheap, tough, and, let’s be honest, they dig the tacticool look. We largely steer you away from those types of bags in our survival backpack roundup, but that doesn’t mean they’re universall...

Best survival tent

You can either make shelter with random stuff at the scene or carry shelter with you. The basic form of carrying shelter is a tarp and paracord, which you can string up to create basic barriers between you and the elements. Reviews: Best tarp and...

Welcome to the newly revamped Key Developments, now twice weekly and with non-COVID news. Right now, it’s actually still just COVID news, but we’ll be slowly morphing it into something broader as we go. The world has over 10.9 million cases.  ...

When it comes to knowing what’s next with the pandemic, I’ve found the following two methods have yet to let me down: I keep close tabs on what infectious disease experts are saying, and I regularly mask up and go outside to look around. F...

Ultraviolet light is one way to treat potentially-harmful water. There’s a growing market of reusable water bottles with UV built into either the cap or body. The folks behind the CrazyCap Gen2 bottle sent us one for review (which, as always, never...

Welcome to the newly revamped Key Developments, now twice weekly and with non-COVID news. Right now, it’s actually still just COVID news, but we’ll be slowly morphing it into something broader as we go. There are over 10.5 million global cases. &n...

We’ve talked before about the pros and cons of using UV-C light for disinfecting packages and other surfaces that might be contaminated by COVID-19. The major downside of UV-C: it’s a hazard to humans. So that basically makes us say ‘no thanks...

Parts one and two of this three-part feature addressed what we have learned about the disease biology of COVID-19, and about pharmaceutical interventions to prevent and treat it. This third and final part will address the events that have elapsed s...

When you pass an unmasked person on the street or in the store, it’s become common practice to sigh a little bit and then give them a wide berth. Six feet, if space allows. But a study published just this morning shows that distance might not be en...

What’s the best or cheapest place to buy ammo? Can anyone order ammunition over the internet? What about local laws? This beginner’s guide covers all of the basics — however, this changes from one country to another, so this guide is focused on US...

Cases of COVID-19 are exploding across the United States. Cases have been on the rise for two weeks now, but the 7-day moving average of daily deaths is still relatively flat. A lot of people have wondered why. They expect our record-high cases to...

Back in April, we told you that you probably shouldn’t decontaminate disposable N95 respirators in your home oven, but we also showed you how to do it if you were determined. Now, though, the United States Department of Homeland Security is recomme...