Just heard on the news that some outlets have started limiting what customers can buy in the wake of panic buying. From what I have seen and heard about it is not a moment to late. Another failed attempt to get even one bottle of gel when put and about.
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This stocking up on toilet paper amazes me! Even if in isolation for 2 weeks, needing hundreds of loo rolls is going a bit too far. As far as I know, this virus doesn’t cause more frequent visits to the loo so why the panic buying of this item? It is happening even in Australia. A friend of mine in Melbourne said she’d actually high-fives a total stranger in the supermarket when she managed to get loo rolls!! In my opinion, touching a stranger (even in the euphoria that comes with having a stock of toilet rolls), is pretty stupid these days!
The two chemists in our town went to rationing hand sanitiser weeks ago, the one and only supermarket in town has started it, and also have a sign at the kitchen and toilet roll aisle asking customers to please restrain their purchases so everyone has a chance at a pack.
My husband went down to the 'big town' this morning to pick up a few things, saw toilet roll and kitchen roll being restocked in the ASDA so he bought two 4pks of kitchen roll and a 24pk of toilet roll - no restrictions on any purchases anywhere in the store. And bonus - mushy peas were on offer!! (I freely admit it, I can't face 'social distancing' without mushy peas)
Then he popped round the Lidl for tin foil and again, no shortages, and no restrictions.
He said the mood in both shops was calm and no-one seemed to be 'pandemic shopping'.
We do that once-a-month shop also. It's easier on us especially in winter as our town tends to ice over and that six mile trip to the bigger town is all on B roads with plenty of slippy dips and curves. Not a lot of fun, that.
One 24pk is our usual buy as well but I have to say I was glad to see that 'spare' pack come through the door today. It's not as if it will be wasted.
We buy for a month at a time and without going into details over-much, do use that amount (24pk) owing to the, er, consequences of meds (water pills - don't get too far from the WC, lol!).
But actually, some people (not us) use toilet roll for nose blowing - the virus symptoms do include rhinorrhoea (runny 'snotty' nose), and while it's not been talked about much in the press, coronavirus symptoms also can include loose stools and/or diarrhoea. (Also not spoken about is the vomiting several patients with confirmed cases have also reported)
Again, a 24pk is our regular monthly buy - but when my husband brought in a second 24pk yesterday I was happy to see it. I wouldn't have gone out and bought it deliberately, he saw it and bought one.
We are very likely to hear today (after the COBRA meeting is over this morning) the over 60s and those with underlying conditions (you know, like us hearties ) will be asked to follow a 'social distancing' regime. So, no nipping down the shops for the foreseeable future to buy a 4pk when the last roll goes on the bar. Having two 24pks suddenly seems actually rather sensible to me.
I did get a food order delivered from Sainsbury's this morning. Just the usual stuff, all delivered. While I was making the order yesterday I did have a look to see if they had any hand sanitiser, I wasn't planning to buy any, just curious as reports were that this is leaving the shelves quicker than turkeys at Christmas - and there was indeed no stock available. Despite numerous experts saying soap and water does the best job people are intent on filling their house with hand sanitisers. I imagine when this is over there'll be tons of this stuff in landfills!
Anyone struggling to get hand wash etc Hibiscrub is still readily available online for about £7-£8. We use it all the time as its also great for animal wound care. It comes in a 500 ml bottle so is great value you just need to buy a pump for it or decant I to smaller bottles
It's great stuff. Anytime I've been at hospital for appointments I always have a shower with it when I get home and it's in all our soap dispensers for hand washing. If you do need something to take out and about due to shortage of gel make up a small solution of Hibi and water in a spray bottle to use. Let you hands air dry or use a tissue. Better than nothing
Visitors may like sugar in their tea and they may have been giving some to others. I have large stocks of almost everything bought when supplies were plentiful and often on offer, I often buy stocks of things that Lidl put on half price weekend offer, if an old person was stuck I would gladly help them out if I could, I often only go to a supermarket to get main bits after 3 or 4 weeks and just top up with bits from Co-op a mile away although I'm not a Co-op fan. When i snuff it my sister and her mob can use it all up or donate to a charity shop if not fussy about dates like food banks and homeless charities, I am sure the hungry homeless would not worry about dates if hungry, never had dates on things when I was growing up.
I agree that their visitors might take sugar, but my neighbour complained about the cost because she said she had not bought sugar for a long time and it was very expensive, so I would say she did not normally buy sugar in bulk. People can always make an excuse for panic buying eg- everybody else does it so why shouldn't I, totally selfish in my opinion, but that is just MY opinion.
Our town chemists saw that one coming - the rationing here for hand sanitisers is two purchases per day per FAMILY. None of that 'husband goes in, wife goes in a few minutes-hour later, older child(ren) go in a bit later...' stuff here. We're a small town (very small) and the staff know everyone so there is no getting away with it.
I can see their point, actually, as the rationing to per family means stocks are available to more people. One of the staffers at the Boots is a neighbour and she tells me the trick (sending in family members in rota) was tried the first day of rationing but once they moved to the 'family' restriction no-one has tried it since.
I notice people are only panic buying in some shops one person bought a trolley full of bleach I feel sorry for people in war zone countries cannot get access to the basics and live with hardly any water and means of cooking or medicines and whilst in other parts of the world fighting over loo paper it’s a sad sad world☹️
I always have a few bottles of hand sanitizer around anyway so I'm well stocked phew! I have a particular aversion to cash machine keyboards or anything that requires us to tap in a code - these are usually crawling with vile things and not just viruses (I'll leave that to your imagination - but a connection to loo roll springs to mind lol). Also strap hanging or pole clinging on public transport etc. All this to avoid colds, flu and runny tums so one more virus won't make much difference except that more people will wash their hands more often and even cough into their sleeves hopefully! Who hasn't experienced the cashier at check out coughing into her hand and blithely picking up your items straight after! Yikes 😱
Take care x
It is all absolutely ridiculous and the media is making it all much worse. It’s about time shops restricted the amount that can be bought by silly greedy selfish people. Hand sanitizers can’t get rid of a virus anyway so just use soap and water. How can the whole aisle with pasta in be completely empty in Tescos 🤷♀️ FGS
Boots & Super drug & Bodycare told me they have delivery about 7am, put them on the shelves before shop opens. A queue forms outside shop & as soon as it opens people rush in & buy it all within 5 minutes.
I looked at hand sanitiser recipes online. The easiest seems to be 90% isopropyl alcohol + aloe vera gel as moisturiser, so
I've ordered some online.
I made a spray of antiviral essential oils added to filtered water. Shake it just before use, close eyes & spray onto face. Also can spray hands with it if no gel.
Wear disposable glove, & take off inside out.
Good luck to you all.
what is the significance of toilet paper and the corona virus, l can’t understand why people are panic buying this item.😂😂There are always winners in any crisis.
As a nurse it was recommended not to use hand sanitizer too often as it was likely to cause skin to be dry and more at risk of breaking down. Washing hands thoroughly is much more important and cheaper .
Good luck everyone.
I think you have a problem with good manners - I've been reading your comments and every one I've read so far is loaded with unkindness. Sarcasm done right is an art. You don't have the talent, hen.
TIP: if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. And absolutely do not use foul language on a public forum.
People are worried, some are deeply worried, and some are downright frightened at the very real possibility our 'pre-existing/underlying conditions' will predispose us to the worst of this novel coronavirus. We are sharing information and 'what I'm doing' because we're not sure if first thing tomorrow we're all going to be locked down like 65+million Chinese were, and an entire country (Italy) has now been - for example, if you can't work out why people who know this virus apparently causes some unpleasant symptoms like diarrhoea and so are stocking in a few extra toilet rolls, you need to do some reading up with your mouth unengaged.
Key word: Novel. It's new, responsible health authorities and scientists are quite clear there are a number of urgent questions they simply cannot answer now owing to the newness - they're learning about it hourly but every hour something new crops up.
Save your sophomoric 'dur' style for Instagram. Either post something substantive or don't post.
Great Post this is not the place to try and negate people's genuine fears and anxieties.
Personal observations over the past 60 odd years tells me the answer to your question is: People didn't bother, generally still won't, and certainly won't after the crisis passes.
As for the skin condition - I have two pump dispensers at every hand wash basin in the house - one filled with Hibiscrub and the other (marked so no confusion) filled with a non-SLS (sodium laurel sulfate) shampoo-body wash with urea as one of the main ingredients (Childs Farm 3-in-1 for after swimming; there are other brands out there, I just got hooked on the Childs Farm range years ago). The main irritant in 'regular' soaps and toothpastes is SLS - avoid that ingredient and the skin stands a better chance of not being irritated to the point of a flare.
Maybe family use toilet roll instead of more expensive tissues, I know I do, I always have massive stock of toilet and kitchen rolls in loft, bought when on half price offers never as a panic buy, I've suffered severe IBS for last 49 years so make many visits , after quick wipe I always wash, can't use a bidet or I would have one, difficult to use with bad arthritis, wish they would make a narrow one higher up I could stand over to use.
I fully agree with you on hand sanitizer, should only be used when not possible to wash hands. I have 25 litres of Iso-propanol 99.8% alcohol I don't use now so use it to wipe handles, grab rails, flush lever and tap tops as if I snuff it no one will know what to do with it.
Antibacterial Soaps Fail to Beat Plain Soap
As this article says, people wash hands for less than 30 seconds and then wash the anti-bacterial soap off again. Not long enough to have any affect.
I have enough loo rolls to last me if my area is locked down for 9 months. One neighbour was needing loo rolls so I gave up one pack from my supply - only £1.65. If I hadn't bought more than needed she would not have been able to have any.
Some people are buying kitchen rolls instead of toilet rolls.
In Australia some stores in outback towns have purposefully gone into larger towns to secure supplies. So in the UK it seems reasonable for shops in small villages to secure supplies for their customers.
Only way for superstores to really put some people off from storing is to raise prices. Then those that store large quantities will be put off. If a certain store selling 4-ply toilet rolls at £1.65 puts the price up to £3.00 people will think twice.
Going back to the position after the last world war. People cut up newspaper and hung it on a string to use as toilet paper. Plenty around as buying fish and chips for one and ten-pence secured more.
Maybe if you suffered from inflammatory bowel disease and the likelihood of self isolation becoming a reality you may understand slightly. Some of these comments are really quite upsetting 😢
I have coeliacs disease so I do understand, I always have a few spare toilet rolls in, I just can't understand why people think this virus affects the bowels. My only comment was I couldn't understand, I don't see why that would be upsetting, but I apologize for upsetting you, that was not my intention.
Just a thought, does anyone know the alcohol content of Methylated spirit would that do instead of gel. Would serve two purposes disinfect and the smell , people would keep their distance. Should food be in short supply I will not starve as I have about 1/4 ton of potatoes in store. I have not purchased them but had a really good crop last year.
Methylated Spirits. Methylated spirits ("metho") is a mixture of ethyl alcohol (95%) and methyl alcohol (5%). The methyl alcohol is poisonous and is added to prevent the methylated spirits being used as cheap drinking alcohol.
These cleaners kill coronavirus: Lysol, Clorox, Purell products make EPA's disinfectants list
Coronaviruses are what are called enveloped viruses, "meaning they are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product," the EPA says.
In 1918, during the Spanish flu pandemic, Lehn & Fink, Inc. advertised Lysol disinfectant as an effective countermeasure to the influenza virus.
Newspaper advertisements provided tips for preventing the spread of the disease, including washing sick-rooms with Lysol, as well as everything that came in contact with patients.
A small (US50¢) bottle made 5 US gallons (19 l; 4.2 imp gal) of disinfectant solution, and a smaller (US25¢) bottle made 2 US gallons (7.6 l; 1.7 imp gal).
The company also advertised the "unrefined" Lysol F. & F. (Farm & Factory) for use in factories and other large buildings – a 5-US-gallon (19 l; 4.2 imp gal) can, when diluted as directed, made 50 US gallons (190 l; 42 imp gal) of disinfecting solution.
NB: Some of these or similar products are deadly if taken. Lysol was taken to commit suicide in America.
My relative cannot find gluten free products she is supposed to self isolate but goes to find her special foods but alwaz is out of stock even online this panic buying should stop some people rely on special foods what else r they supposed to eat more should be done for those in need of special foods