Getting food, medications, dog food etc, stored in the house that is.
Although the government is advising against stockpiling, I have taken my own advice and got enough things in the house for at least 3 weeks. However, I won’t be diving into the stockpile until/if/when the going gets tough.
Why you might add when their advice is the complete opposite? Have I gone mad or given into hype and peer pressure? The answer to that is no but you can feel free to think what you like!
My reasoning is this. If I or we both become quite ill, with COVID-19, the flu or some such, neither of us will feel like going shopping. The first and only time I have had the flu, I was ill for 6 weeks and still recovering for another 4. It is an illness not to be taken lightly. On top of that is this new virus.
The medical people in charge say they expect a week by week increase for the next 12 weeks at least, with peak increase between week 9 and 12. I don't know where we, as a nation, currently sit in that time frame.
If things get worse, quickly, who in their right mind would want to go out shopping, exposing yourself and your family to further risk. If shopworkers and delivery drivers become ill, who will deliver and serve you your food and anything else you need. It's no good having shops full of food if you are too ill or frightened to venture out or there is no-one to serve you, no-one to pay your money for your shopping to.
If the advice then changes to get things in and self isolate, it would be a bit late then wouldn't it? Then you really would be in a mass panic buying stage and find yourself in a right old bun fight.
No, I prefer to be ready. Like I and others have said, 'forearmed is forewarned'. Nothing will go to waste, I will simply be able to shop from home.