Has anyone notice the somes shelves are empty at stores things are getting out of hand the media should do more to prevent this panic it’s as if the population didn’t used to wash their hands before the virus
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Yasyass, you would be shocked to hear some of the 'justifications' people have for not washing their hands. My least favourite is the one that starts 'Oh we're too worried about germs!' and my second least favourite is 'We are too germ conscious and over-cleaning doesn't help us build up natural immunity!'.
Covid19 is a new virus to humans We have no immunity at the moment. Fortunately most people will only have a mild illness.
However for a small minority it is more serious , those over 60 and with other health problems.
By washing our hands we are not only protecting ourselves but others too.
By slowing the spread of the virus it means the NHS will have more time to prepare to deal with those who need hospital treatment including intensive care.
Yep I agree but I assume that the stronger your immune system is the better you’ll be able to deal with the new virus. It won’t stop you from getting it but it will help you survive. So two things. 1. We don’t get strong immune systems from sterile environments and 2. You can support your immune system by eating and sleeping well, not being overweight taking exercise and drinking less booze.
When shopping yesterday I bought the last bag of rice, goodness knows why there would be a run on that ( I had run out at home incidentally. I wasn’t panic buying). I noticed quite a few empty shelves while I was wandering around. I mentioned rice to the young chap on the till and he said people have been buying up olive oil.
I struggle to see why some things are running out. Even a fairly large family can only get through one loo roll a day and if you’re feeling under the weather you are unlikely to do any fancy cooking. Just get a few tins in, stock up the freezer and prepare to hunker down.
Rice selling 'like hotcakes' doesn't surprise me - it's like a wonder drug for stopping 'gastrointestinal symptoms' as long as what your body is trying it rid itself of isn't food poisoning. It and pasta are also filling and very useful to eke out smaller amounts of meat and sauces.
Rice and pasta ordinarily have a long shelf life (brown and 'wild' rice go rancid so needs to be rotated sooner) and don't require refrigeration. I always make sure I have plenty of both in the store cupboard.
Not sure why olive oil would be a top seller but you've reminded me I'm out and need to buy another bottle I make my own salad dressing and extra-virgin is a must have!
Quietly and slowly added a little self-sustenance store since C19 hit the news. I read a book about extinction events at Christmas and it focused on knock-on effects being the issue rather than the incident itself. I’m not going to fuss about hand gel, washing hands properly was one of the habits I got from First Responder training. Stock your freezer/pantry up with essentials and some easy to prepare stuff so if you are stuck in for a couple of weeks.
The problem being those that are taking this seriously now, all at once, rather than a balanced slow prep.
I’m in the smug gang 🙂😊😎
I got in the habit of a month worth of food and supplies whilst living and working in the USA along the Gulf of Mexico - hurricane and tornado country. When I retired home to the UK I stuck to the habit, and a good thing, too - the first winter I was home (2010-2011) our little town was 'iced in' for days. My store cupboard kept my husband, me, and our neighbour and her two young girls supplied for over a week.
I rotate - I imagine you do as well. It's not on to not be prepared. Prudence over panic any day, makes life so much less stressful!
Could I suggest we all try not to speculate. I will rely on the information provided by the NHS and Department of Health.
We are fortunate in the UK to have very experienced and knowledgeable experts. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine being just one of the many institutions with epidemiologists etc who understand how diseases spread.
The Government will have taken advice from these experts about measures to control the spread of the virus.
I suggest you follow the advice from the WHO, NHS and Department of Health
Sneeze or cough into a tissue, bin the tissue straight away
Wash your hands
If you have no tissue sneeze cough into the crook of your arm
Keep washing your hands frequently especially after using public transport or entering a building
Avoid touching your face, eyes, mouth, or nose with your hands.
Could I ask what you are trying to achieve by posting the way you are?
We all need to be sensible and yes keep washing our hands.
We have many months yet to get through. Unnecessary anxiety and worry doesn't help any of us with heart disease.
I note in your profile that you say you do not have heart disease.
ITS THE MEDIA AND THE BBC THAT ARE STOKING UP THE PANIC - GETTING OUT OF HAND
I suggest we look to the NHS information about the virus which is updated regularly.
It would appear that Helen is now judge and jury having removed my most recent post and since I have no right of reply or to have an alternative point of view, one that is not extreme, or inciting bizarre behavior, I will leave you to get on with your lives since you have decided I am not welcome unless I comply with the experts. I leave my followers and friends with regret
Another problem is that the supply chain may be hit. e.g India has been reported as stopping export of some medicines, and China has had production interrupted in some areas. The downside of Globalisation is that a lot of stuff is made in countries with the highest populations and more chances of things kicking off!
A hint of empty shelves and prices rise and panic buying, vicious circle. Maybe newspapers will have some use after all!
Corona beer on offer now as not selling well. The stupidity of some is beyond belief.
A supermarket up the road, in Biggleswade, allegedly let one person buy 200 bottles of sanitizer when others (if they have it) limit it to two. I cannot find any.
Local hardware shop was out of broom handles but cannot work out connection! 😁
hardly any toilet paper in shops, shelves empty of paracetamol in 3/4 shops I went into over the past few days (and that’s a lot of people buying as you’re only allowed two packets of 16 at a time). No soap and hand wash. If I can’t get any I’ll just use shower gel or wash up liquids (it’s still soap!).
Whilst I always maintain good hand hygiene (most people don’t wash backs of hands or between fingers/under nails - just watch others when you next use a public loo), this virus is an airborne one - spread by droplet from coughing/sneezing, so hand washing may add a layer of protection, but it’s more important to stay away from others who have these symptoms and self isolate if you develop them.
Trouble is, the usual cold & flu viruses are still around - people have to work & the self-employed get no sick pay. Catch22
I have to admit I am guilty of buying more than we need Well it is for my Wife !!
Today I bought 18 Bottles of Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc at a knock down price in a Supermarket that begins with M
I was asked why I had bought so much so I had to tell the truth " it's to wash my Hands with, should we run out of Soap "
When I told my wife that's the Summer taken Care of she just replied " Don't be hasty the Spring Maybe "
I was in the fairly local Asda store at 11pm and was surprised at the number of cars parked at that time. I noticed one man buying 8 boxes x 48 of baby wipes - he has a small shop close to me - 3 miles from Asda. No doubt bought at the sale price of 65p and in his store at £1.50 each. I noticed he loaded the items into his van and went back again.
I have stocked up with toilet rolls as this is number one to go short, and a relative in Midland, Western Australia, says they are a can't buy item over there.
Best it seems to have a good stock of tinned food that come from abroad. It takes a long time to ship the products.
Many will say it's wrong to stock up. However, like it or not, it is everyone for themselves as some are buying to sell on later at sky high prices.
Cough on the floor not on the door.
The news media primary goal is readership and selling copies online through page hits or hard copy. Which means they are pretty much fueling the panic because they have the above agenda. No news is good news right? So the LAST thing they are going to do is provide real factual data without skewing stats to sell more fear and thus copy.
You can probably guess from my username what I do. At present there is no hand sanitizer available at the Cash & Carry - I use several different ones, anti bac hand soap in short supply as are anti bac wipes. Have even come across those who won't go to the Chinese Takeaway in case they catch it. To me a lot has been blown out of all proportion.
I will start to panic if there’s a genuine shortage of Terry’s chocolate orange, oh and crisps. Dunno why I’ve got heart disease you know 😅
The current advice is to use a 60%+alcohol based hand sanitiser gels when out and about where hand wash basins and taps aren't available.
The alcohol is effective against most virus and as the professional advice is to use alcohol based sanitisers, the safe assumption is the alcohol is apparently effective against the current coronavirus.
I skip the additives - I buy 70% isopropyl alcohol, put it in a refillable spray bottle (I use an old SpecSavers lens cleaning fluid bottle) and carry that everywhere. Before I touch anything I hit it with the spray. So far so good - I've been doing it since the 2009 flu pandemic.I was coughed on by a colleague, was in hospital for two weeks, and one of the nurses told me about isopropyl alcohol. Haven't caught anything since so clearly it works.
It seems about time all shops limited the quantity of these items that people are terrified of not having. I have always carried small hand sanitizer in my bag and it is over 70% alcohol (I understand it should be over 60% to work). I have several 'underlying' health conditions but don't intend panicking. I always wash my hands regularly and well, so in that respect nothing will change. The only thing I will do is not take my elderly mother (88) shopping as she is very frail and has dementia so I'll keep her away from crowds just in case for the time being.
The following was a response on my local news website to an article about empty shelves in the shops:
"Exactly. No one should be panic buying, particularly for the absolute essentials that are running out fast such as toilet roll, toothpaste, baked beans, pot noodles and paracetamol."
Damn! I forgot to get pot noodles and baked beans
My husband just said the same thing! I showed him our well stocked store cupboard with 12 tins of baked beans.
I then reminded him the reason I don't usually buy pot noodles - the very high salt content means I can't have any and as I'm the 'chief cook and bottle washer' and we usually eat the same things, pot noodles haven't been on the menu.
However, we've now agreed he can now pop down the shops to see if there are any left on the shelf for him to stock up a few for his personal consumption Bonus - if there is any lav roll he's to bring home a 24 roll pack, and at least two more boxes of balm facial tissue.