Some people aren’t waiting around to see how bad the current epidemiological situation can get before stocking up on the necessities:
Supermarket shelves are starting to be stripped bare as Americans prepare for the spread of coronavirus by stockpiling on medications and non-perishable items across the country.
People have been panic buying items from stores ever since health authorities warned that Americans should start preparing for domestic acceleration of the virus, which has infected more than 80,000 people worldwide and killed nearly 3,000.
There are now 60 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the U.S. and the first case where the origin of the disease is unknown was confirmed on Wednesday.
Supplies have been flying off the shelves countrywide this week with people posting photos on social media showing the lack of products available in some stores and pharmacies.
In southern California, some Walgreens stores had been completely depleted of cough medicines, cold and flue medications, vaporizers, masks and thermometers.
Shoppers in Hawaii were buying up flatbeds of canned goods, bottled water, toilet paper and paper towels from a local Costo.
More hoarding behavior:
Hmmm – just encountered empty pasta and rice shelves at Trader Joes in NYC. Staff says it has been much busier than usual today and they don't have any stocks in the warehouse. #shopping #frenzy #PandemicPrepWeekend pic.twitter.com/q1qKSxdduq
— Christine Marizzi (@CMarizzi) February 29, 2020
there’s still four rolls of paper towels and six rolls of toilet paper left in northern virginia pic.twitter.com/AoaWQhfbqB
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) February 29, 2020
Here’s how things look at my local Target (note the empty basket of hand sanitizers):
They’re hoarding in Italy, too. Here, an Italian man reacts to being denied his pasta: