Panic Buying Places Stress On Communities, Patients, and Families Especially Those Living With Multiple Gastrointestinal Diagnosis

Over the past few weeks there’s been a run on  toilet tissue, facial tissues, instant hand sanitizers, paper towels, bleach and cleaning products, and bottled isopropyl alcohol.

The media has recommended residents in all communities to be prepared and to have at least two-weeks of canned foods, cleaning supplies, and personal items on hand in the event a Coronavirus COVID-19 quarantine situation should arise.

We can all appreciate being prepared for unexpected circumstances, however; please base your purchases to your family needs and based on the suggested time being publicized and provided by the media.

There have been reports of families purchasing twenty cases (bulk amounts) of toilet tissue and clearing off the shelves at local stores of instant hand sanitizers.  This type of buying is creating supply shortages, empty shelves, zero inventory, and undue stress to patients and families in communities living with chronic illnesses including gastrointestinal symptoms and diagnosis.  Patients diagnosed with C. difficile infections are being left without necessary household items due to the extreme purchases occurring in some communities.

It is OK to stock in but not hoard products should a quarantine become necessary.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has required some U.S. citizens who returned from China to be quarantined for 14 days. But local communities may have reason to respond to “severe” disruptions as the situation evolves, as the CDC said last week.

That has led many Americans to begin preparing for an extended stay at home, whether it’s encouraged by local officials or it’s a personal decision. Experts are warning against panic buying and hoarding of products such as toilet paper, water and cleaning supplies.

A useful article published in USA Today – How To Prepare For a Coronavirus  –  COVID-19