Tips on how to shop amid coronavirus stockpiling
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Have you been to the grocery store lately?
For many Americans the experience has been pure chaos with shoppers grabbing everything they can get their hands on and then waiting in long lines to check out.
Many people are stocking up on everything from food to cleaning supplies as they prepare to hunker down at home.
It’s also exhausting people on the other side of the grocery industry.
Bread, water and other goods suppliers say they are struggling to keep up with the demand and are racing to restock store shelves.
But public health experts say let’s also down a bit.
You don’t need a year’s supply of toilet paper and you don’t need to buy food for six weeks.
Experts say it is important for consumers to realize the situation is temporary.
Figure out what your family likes and focus on simple non-perishables that can sustain you inside your homes like cans of tuna fish or peanut butter and jelly.
Have medications in your home so you don’t have to go out and refill a prescription if you don’t need to.
Plus health experts point out going out and crowding into your local grocery store just by itself isn’t the healthiest move.
Standing in those long lines within a few inches of people is not the kind of social distancing that’s recommended.
But experts stress if you feel you must shop, do it calmly.
There is no need to panic and no reason to rush out and buy every item on the shelf in one trip to the store.
For the past three weeks health officials have stressed the same message for protection against coronavirus: wash your hands, cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze and avoid large crowds.
Posted – 3.14.20