Watching people panic is frustrating. The Panic may be worse than the disease. We should be clear headed and use logic at this trying time. There is absolutely no reason to hoard toilet paper, water, hand sanitzer…etc. Here are some recommendations to hopefully ease your mind.
You want to treat each trip to the grocery store as if it would need to last you two to four weeks. Because if you get put into a two-week quarantine, it will be too late to stock up.
Take inventory of your pantry and the places you keep hygiene products. If your pantry is nearly bare, then these are some staples to get you through: Rice, pasta, oats, beans, jarred sauces, and canned vegetables. They’re versatile and they have a long shelf life. The biggest issue you’ll run into when stocking up is keeping fruits and vegetables fresh. Apples, oranges, and pears are fruits that can last a while. For veggies, go for onions, potatoes, squash, and carrots. Buy as much meat as you think you and your family will eat within a month. If you’re a vegan or a vegetarian, do the same thing with the types of proteins you consume. For everything else, there’s the frozen food aisle. Things like frozen broccoli, spinach, and berries are good to have on-hand. If you are running low on toilet paper, tissues, toothpaste, mouthwash, soap, shampoo…etc. Buy what you need. There’s no need to hoard items. plus you screw other people over when you do that.
The EPA released a list of products qualified for use against Covid-19 : Clorox Multi Surface Cleaner + Bleach, Clorox Disinfection Bathroom Cleaner, Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Lysol Clean & Fresh Multi-Surface Cleaner, Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist, and Purell Professional Surface Disinfectant Wipes.