Over the past few days, shoppers are panicking and scrambling over each other just to get face masks, hand sanitizers and other basic essentials due to coronavirus fears
People are obviously panic-buying, stocking up their shelves, and items in supermarkets are selling out immediately.
Stores are putting restriction to limit in-demand products per person to ensure all customers are able to buy what they need.
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Tesco branches, the supermarket tweeted:
"We know there's demand for certain products at the moment and we're working really hard to maintain availability of those to help customers.”
The supermarket explained:
"We have taken a common-sense approach to make sure everyone can assess [sic] essentials and have introduced a maximum purchase limit (5 per customer) on a few items. Products include: anti-bac gel, wipes, sprays, bleach, dried pasta, UHT milk, tinned veg, kids medications & water.”
"Any other items outside the restriction will be monitored through the store manager's discretion to ensure fairness to all customers."
These are some items that people are filling their supermarket trolleys:
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Hand washing is one of the preventive actions we should maintain.
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If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
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Associate Professor Ken Harvey from Monash University’s Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine recommended over the counter medicines for easing symptoms, he said:
“If flu-like symptoms are mild, over-the counter medicines such as paracetamol and ibuprofen can relieve fever, aches and pains.”
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It is important to keep a disinfectant wipe very close so you can clean every surface you intend to work on before you do.
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Someone said in twitter:
“I didn't realise that toilet paper was the most essential item for sustaining life.”
Associate Professor Nitika Garg from the University of New South Wales compares the rush to what occurred in many Asian nations. She notes that in China for example,
"There's a thinking that toilet paper can be substituted for tissues and napkins and to make makeshift masks".
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Frozen foods are a good choice to keep on hand as well, although if power goes out, they aren’t as stable or reliable as dried or shelf stable foods.
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Foods should be storable without refrigeration.
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Those that contain a lot of liquid such as canned fruits, and beans or canned meats such as tuna and chicken are good choices. Watch those expiration dates, and always discard damaged or bulging cans.
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Everyone should have some dried foods with a long shelf life, healthy, cheap and a little goes a long way.
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Overall, don’t forget about water, an average person needs 1 gallon of water per day.
Being prepared for an emergency is a good idea but governments already advised the public that there’s absolutely no reason for panic buying of food and other supplies.
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