Okay, I think I need to clarify a bit from the post a while ago about stockpiling.
Stockpiling = Good
Panic buying = BAD!
As expected, everyone’s pretty nervous about the spreading virus and is going out to stock up on what they expect they’ll need to get through quarantine. For some reason, everyone thinks that they need to stock up on toilet paper and paper towels for a virus that doesn’t even affect bodily functions associated with your stomach or rear. It’s a bit ridiculous. And unfortunately, it’s gotten so out of hand that senior citizens and other unfortunate families who can’t be out shopping as soon as the store opens (or possibly even fight for needed items) are unable to get those necessities. Thank goodness stores are implementing the seniors-hour-shopping program. Unfortunately, this still is problematic seeing as all the stores are still low in stock and not even the shopping program can ensure there’s enough to go around.
So what now? STOP PANIC BUYING! This might sound condescending, but I hope this pandemic teaches everyone to prepare for the future because waiting until something to happen is just too late. If you do need to go out and buy for your family, please be considerate and only get what you need for you and your family. There are other people in need just like you and if you buy all the toilet paper, other people will suffer. Even the government has a page that says “there is no need to excessively stockpile anything” (https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/take-action/pandemic-preparation).
Please be considerate of those unable to get out to the stores as early or as frequently as the people stockpiling. Don’t add to the problem that will leave so many people with some tough choices to make. Toilet paper doesn’t need to become a rare item that people are willing to fist fight for, especially when the coronavirus doesn’t even affect your toilet habits.
And please make sure to wash your hands frequently.