People are going mad
Honestly people are going mad! I live in a pretty big town, it's one of those places where there are a tonne of small villages in the area and I live in the big town where all the stuff is, the shops, the swimming pool, the council offices that sort of thing. So we have large supermarkets, too many if you ask me (the town is not that big) within a 10 minute drive of my house we have a Sainsbury's, a Morrissons, 2 Asdas, 2 Lidls and an Aldi, there are at least 4 more supermarkets within another 10 minutes of us. Every single one of them has had their shelves emptied of soap and hand sanitiser!
Now I get it, people are scared of Corona Virus but for goodness sake it's not that bad. I mean do these people not wash their hands normally but now suddenly feel the need to buy soap? It has just gone crazy, toilet paper is also in short supply and apparently pasta is running short. I mean this is not the end of the world we are talking about here, and if it was you wouldn't be around to use all this extra toilet paper you are bulk buying anyway.
What worries me though as a health professional, is that we don't go nuts like this over other viruses, swine flu for example or even last years particularly nasty influenza A which killed thousands. I am a sceptic and cant help but wonder why we are being advised to self-isolate and all these other things now all of a sudden, I cant help but worry that there is more to this than we are being told. I mean flu is pretty deadly in the right circumstances and this virus apparently has a fatality rate of 1% (although if you do the numbers yourself it works out higher) and is harder to catch then regular flu.
Also someone has died from it in Milton Keynes and guess where I am going for training in 2 weeks! I may now not be allowed to go and if I do I might not be allowed to go back to work for 2 weeks after coming back which sounds fun only there is a specific reason I am going on this course which involves me being in work on the 1st week in April.
I know people panic and that means they panic buy but what about the people who can't afford to do that? I mean I consider myself financially comfortable but I could not go out and buy a years worth of groceries in one day which seems to be what people are doing, what about people on low incomes? They just have to deal with what is left? how is that fair? They are going to have to start limiting how much of an item you can buy the way they do when things are on offer although I guess that doesn't stop people going in more than once, or in a town like mine just going round all of the ridiculous number of supermarkets in the same day.
People are seriously going mad! What is happening where you live? are the shelves as bare as they are where I am?