I don't tend to read much Twitter, Facebook or suchlike but I was amazed by Twitter reporting the panic buying currently going on in the UK.
I would guess around 50% are disgusted by it and the rest amazed and laughing it off. Comments like "I went shopping and couldn't stop myself panic buying, I came home with slippers, sandpaper and 40 litres of paint"
Other comments were showing disgust at those stripping bare the shelves of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, soap, pasta, baby formula and tinned goods.
I can't understand the lemming attitude towards toilet paper. Neither Flu nor Coronavirus give you loose motions so why would you need so much? Newspaper makes a reasonable substitute if things get really bad. You can't eat toilet paper either, so its not going to feed you.
Hand sanitizer I can partially understand (but in moderation, leave some for others). However, most bottles don't tell you how much ethyl alcohol they contain and it apparently needs to be 60%. If it is less than that, it might not be offering the protection you think.
Face masks are also regarded next to useless for this particular virus, but those who really need them, such as care workers, doctors, nurses and dentists etc, for their day to day jobs, can't get hold of them.
The problem with panic buying is that it induces more panic buying the more it is discussed. I am probably not helping but really people, get a grip.
If you can't get hold of sanitizing gel, put a very soapy damp flannel or suchlike into a plastic bag and carry it around. Washing your hands is best but quite a few won't be doing it properly.
How many of you, for example when visiting the toilet, wash your hands, dry and leave?
Clean hands being used to turn off a dirty tap, then you touch a dirty handle to leave the toilet area!!! I always wash my hands, and whilst still soapy, wash the top of the tap. This helps ensure that when I have rinsed my hands, I can turn the tap off without reinfecting my hands. I use my elbow to switch on the dryer, if required, then a tissue or sleeve to leave the area.
I still hear people leaving the toilet cubicle and the area without washing their hands, God knows what they are putting on the handles!
Yes, be cautious, be careful, protect yourself sensibly but also think of others. Those without much money who can't stock up (give to the food bank), those who need items for their day to day jobs, leave some behind, just be sensible, we are not and should not become a nation of lemmings.