Coronavirus has infected the airwaves. It is a veritable social media pandemic.
We went to do our weekly grocery shop yesterday. Toilet paper rolls were rolling out of the doors by the pallet load.
I was in that very aisle choosing my own stash (not doomsday prepping) when I overheard a mother and son having a heated discussion.
Son – But why? We don’t need any.
Mother – Yes, we do!!!
I should have known better, but I didn’t. Instead, I stupidly butted in, pointing to the almost empty shelves.
Me – Coronavirus. Panic buying.
Son – That’s #%@*&
Me – I agree
Mother – We are being told to stock up. It was in all the papers. It is not panic buying. It is sensible. It will happen!!!
At this point, I beat a hasty retreat. With my own stash of toilet paper. Not excess. Just the usual.
Then, lo and behold, in the news last night, the local health authorities announced extra-ordinary measures to be enacted, giving police powers to detain those refusing to co-operate with treatment and the recommended two week quarantine if tested postive.
To top this panic-inducing announcement, they also published a list of products, encouraging people to have enough in stock for at least a two week supply. In case…. Quarantine. On the list? Yep – toilet paper. Canned and dried food, hygiene and cleaning products, toilet paper, pet food, prescription medicines..
No wonder people are doomsday prepping and panicking!
Now, just for some commonsense perspective, I recommend you watch this video.
Let commonsense prevail