I went to Wal-Mart today to get some groceries. The place was insane and I had the joy of running into a couple laughing as hard as I was. There are no confirmed cases of Corona Virus within at least 4 hours of where I live yet the crazed buying definitely has hit here.
People have gone insane! I decided to take some pictures and talked to a few Wal-Mart associates. One of the checkout ladies told this story:
“A lady came in today with her 2 teenagers and her husband and filled 4 shopping carts. She bought 10 gallons of milk. 10 cartons of eggs. It was crazy. Doesn’t she realize that stuff spoils?”
Another cashier stated:
“One lady bought 12 cases of soup and told me it was for her and her husband. She also bought 2 cases of cat food. I hope that was for a cat.”
I couldn’t believe the aisles. Only whole milk was left. There was no oj, soup, canned veggies, pasta, sugar, flour or frozen pizzas. The meat department was virtually empty. Don’t even try to buy bleach, hand soap, sanitizer, dish soap or toilet paper!
I went to my local gas station where things like bread, milk, eggs and butter are always cheaper and local. Empty. Completely gone. The manager there said as soon as it comes in, it’s gone.
Have people really gone this crazy?
I decided I wanted to look up statistics. According to an article by life science dated March 6th,(seen here):
So far, the new coronavirus has led to more than 100,000 illnesses and more than 3,000 deaths worldwide. But that’s nothing compared with the flu, also called influenza. In the U.S. alone, the flu has caused an estimated 34 million illnesses, 350,000 hospitalizations and 20,000 deaths this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
After seeing the statistics so far, I think people are overreacting a bit at this point. Yes, you can get the virus. Yes, it can kill you. However, you are far more likely to die in a car accident or from cancer.
Take precautions. Wash your hands. Yes, don’t travel but go on living your life. Your fears will drive you mad.
Besides, what the hell are you going to do with all that rotten milk?