Coronavirus Provokes Local Shortages
March 7th 2020
An empty hand sanitiser shelf at the Co-op in Northgate
An empty hand sanitiser shelf at Morrisons in Eastgate
These shortages are all prompted by the news about Coronavirus, or Covid-19, which has come to the UK and has spread beyond a few isolated cases. As of 7th March there were at least 17 cases in the Midlands, with one confirmed case in Lincolnshire.
Reasonable stockpiling or panic buying?It is reasonable to have some stocks of goods ready, in case you need to self-isolate for a period.
However, consideration must be given to people who can't stockpile goods for a number of reasons, whether it's due to finances, storage space, or being unavailable such as due to being on holiday or in hospital. So if you're building up supplies for a 14 day period of self-isolation, the considerate thing is to do it gradually.
How much will you and your family actually need? It's easy to get carried away at the sight of empty shelves, but if you've already got enough supplies for more than a couple of months then there is no need to bed down for the apocalypse. And don't take the last item in stock unless it's an emergency.
Official adviceVisit the NHS page for its updated advice on dealing with Coronavirus.
The UK Government also has guidance for the public.
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