People are panic buying despite multiple appeals of not doing so.
The number of global cases of coronavirus at the time of writing has already crossed 277,000 with 11,400 people succumbing to it. As the pandemic appears to only grow and that too at an alarming pace, people have taken upon themselves to stockpile on essential items despite multiple appeals by the authorities to not do that. But then there are those who need the supplies as well but cannot compete with hordes of other consumers because they are busy saving lives.
Dawn Bilbrough, a 51-year-old nurse from York, England, faced such a daunting situation when she went to a market to buy vegetables and other essential items for her own house after a 48-hour shift only to find empty shelves that broke her.
She posted the video on her Facebook page and said: "So I’ve just come out the supermarket. There’s no fruit and veg… I had a little cry in there. I’m a critical care nurse and I’ve just finished 48 hours of work and I just wanted to get some stuff in for the next 48 hours."
"There’s no fruit, there’s no vegetables and I just don’t know how I’m supposed to stay healthy. Those people who are just stripping the shelves have basic foods you just need to stop it because it’s people like me that are going to be looking after you when you are at your lowest and just stop it, please."
It is important to understand that in crucial times, people need to work together and even if we put ourselves first, we may need to know if there's someone else to needs the basic amenities as well.