This is some weird viral psychological thing. World saw Hong Kong fighting over TP, thought to must be the thing to have, people get in fights over tp in australia, Americans see this and are like SHIT this is the coronavirus item to have!
All because HK was worried about China switching production lines away from tp and to mask manufacturing. THIS IS NOT AN ISSUE IN THE US GUYS!
Guess Hong Kong is still "Asia's World City" after all
More seriously, I seriously do NOT understand the Toilet Paper madness. Nor Bottle Water (Seriously, just get a water filter...this is not a hurricane where water supplies can be contaminated and disrupted).
Interesting contrast from where I live. Many shelves at grocery stores and even Walmart are barren.
Haven't check the grocery stores near me yet...hopefully there are still something left (I got enough food to survived for at least a week if not two).
Stashing basic food and supplies was not a panic move, just good sense and preparation to avoid finding ourselves in a situation where we would be unprepared and in panic. Guess what the "don't panic" crowd are doing now? They are panicking.
Making things worse - people literally panic as if it's the end of the world.
I don't blame people for taking precaution and be prepared (like you are). I blame people when they hoard all the supplies beforehand and make a mad rush for everything, only to rush for the wrong thing.
All I'll say is that even in Wuhan, grocery stores were able to stayed open with necessities being able to flow in and out during the worst of outbreak.
I am from Hong Kong and my advice is, a near complete lockdonw would only last 2-3 weeks and things will start getting back on track soon. Practice social distancing and you keep the number of cases at a level the healthcare system can manage and life will start going back to normal.
South Korea is the beacon for hope, they are testing everyone and I believe that what they are presenting are some reliable figures. After social distancing is put in place the number of new cases has dropped off to around 100 a day that their system is now able to manage. I think they will be out of the woods soon. Just hang in there, take all social distancing measures and it will improve in 2-3 weeks. Advice from Hong Kong: put on a mask if you go out, if you still can get hold to one.
Sigh...too bad there's always those people that think "this is just a flu" and don't dare to disrupt whatever things they want to do at least here in US since it's takes away their "liberty and freedom" (Not my word...but trust me, I've heard that so many times already).
Americans are NOT prepared for the worst, period. Too many people still downplay this.