From where I’m sitting, what I’m reading and what I’m hearing, things are spiraling out of control.
In a contest of Fear Vs Common Sense, Fear wins hands down. IMO that’s a lot of what causing the panic buying. People are not thinking sensibly or rationally, which in turn is feeding the fear, and making things worse.
Yes, it is OK to be afraid and scared. Most of us are, but thinking first and a little bit of planning provides better results than heading headfirst into disaster, though it is mind boggling to see in the media the carnage in some supermarkets.
Those who aren’t afraid are either better informed than the rest of us and have fully equipped bunkers at their disposal or are not fully aware of the situation. There are several people here in denial, thinking it’s silly and that it can’t happen to them.
Well, it can, but hopefully won’t. However, we cannot control the actions of other people and some we come in contact with may be infectious even if they show no symptoms.
Now many are being confined to their homes due to health issues or age. Some are choosing to do that anyway, regardless. This adds to pressure, concerns and fear, especially for those who are not computer savvy, mobile, or live alone.
We aren’t going out unless we have to. Currently, we still walk the dog and pass other dog walkers. We each give the other space, but acknowledge each other, so still having contact but at a distance.
Most of us have the internet, email, Skype, our blogs, and a bunch of other social communications without physical contact or presence. We do not have to be alone.
Supermarkets have now imposed restrictions on basic products in order to keep stocks available. Hopefully people will now begin to take what they need, not raid everything in sight. We are all different, have different needs and preferences. So if you don’t like bran cereal or peanut butter, and don’t need specialty foods, LEAVE IT FOR SOMEONE WHO DOES.
If we just take a moment to stop and think, maybe everyone will calm down sufficiently to make things a little easier for us all.
I’ll get off my box now. Keep safe everyone.