When people panic and start hoarding supplies, it hurts everyone else. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be an infectious disease, but it’s not going to kill nearly as many people as influenza (the flu) does every year. If you catch it, you’re likely to catch it from someone in the same groups of people.
Unless you don’t pay attention to the news media, or you have nothing to do with social media, you should already have heard about it. In other words, you live under a rock. There are videos in all kinds of places showing people in the act of hoarding toilet paper, hand sanitizers and face masks. I saw a video today of a line outside a Costco store, where people were waiting for the resupply of toilet paper to become available.
A few days ago, while I was at the Schofield Barracks commissary, we (me and my relatives here in Hawaii) noticed that all the toilet paper was sold out. My daughter-in-law, Cathy, noticed all the hand sanitizer was sold out. Today, while Josie (my wife) and I were at the Schofield Barracks main exchange, we noticed the same things were sold out.
The signs on the empty shelves said only one item per ID card would be allowed. I don’t know how much good it does when the shelves are already empty.
A few hours ago, I read a post on Facebook that told me people were hoarding baby wipes. Why? No one but the hoarders know the answer. I’m not worried about running out of toilet paper. I’ll just do what I do when I’m in the Philippines and use water for washing my privates.
My son, Jon, asked me how he and Cathy could wipe the baby when he’s born (in May) without baby wipes. I told him the old-fashioned way, with a face cloth. I intentionally ignored his reaction.
You’re most likely to catch COVID-19 at a mass gathering or from someone who has attended a mass gathering. Mass gatherings include:
I received an email message from Consolidated Theatres. We watch movies at one of their theaters in Mililani but not very often. They are informing their patrons that they’re reducing the amount of the people per screen in each theater and promoting social distances between them (but not breaking up families).
They are exaggerating the hell out of this pandemic. The only thing the pandemic proves is that the world is more connected than ever before. The news media in the Philippines is parroting the news media in the United States. I only know that because Josie watches the news from the Philippines every day.
The best way to be safe is to avoid contact with other people, who could be infected, as much as possible. It’s not always possible. If you become infected, a face mask may help others from catching it from you, but it won’t keep you from getting infected from someone else.
Keep your hands clean with soap and water (or hand sanitizers) and stop touching your face. Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing and clean your hands afterwards. Do these things and you won’t pass anything on to anyone else.