A side effect of the current apocalypse/pandemic/zombie virus/asteroid is that it seems to make everyone need to poop more.
On the plus side, people are making sure to wash their hands thoroughly after and even sterilising them.
I found this out when I went to Tescos yesterday to get our usual stock of baby wipes (for our one year old) and was met with this:
There were a few left over – the more expensive ones. which I’m not buying.
But it made me wonder – are mothers stocking up on baby wipes (after all – they are quite valuable), or are general shoppers buying them up to sterilise doorhandles and wipe their hands/phones etc? Whichever – it’s a real bugger. Can’t people just calm down a bit?
Fortunately, I usually buy in bulk so I still have a stock. But it’s kind of ridiculous.
My wife’s Mamma friends also shared their photos of shopping at Tesco’s:
Human psychology is fickle and easily influenced. If you see shelves like this, it makes you start to think you need to stock up too, and so you start to panic-buy too. This is the real virus. Not corona. It’s fear.
We are all already screwed anyway. If food supplies ever did get cut off. We’d run out of food surely enough. After all, few are able to grow and stock their own foods. We all rely on the food suppliers.
I already wrote here – my opinion on this virus. The only real panic is the hype stimulated internationally by all the media outlets. That is the real fear we face.
Just imagine if there was a real crisis? Like food or water was cut off? Or if people really were dropping dead in the street like those early videos from China or that movie Contagion? How long till we revert to cannibalism, witch-hunts or pitchfork mobs?
Is our supposed human civility and society merely a shallow veneer? Easily shattered when we face hardship.
If so, our highest point of civilisation must have been during the second world war – a time when society did not break down when faced with great dangers and in fact pulled closer together.
I don’t think we are made of the same stuff anymore. But then, back then, they had to impose rationing, otherwise people would have stocked up and sold the excess on the black market. The same is already happening today with facemasks and hand sanitisers sold at inflated prices on Ebay.
And it’s not just the UK. It’s happening everywhere – where-ever there is this entity called ‘mainstream media’, there is panic buying and virus porn.
Here are some videos by Daily Rant Australia showing it happening in Australia particularly with toilet paper and soya milk:
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