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So my dad said to me today that I ought to start stockpiling supplies in case the worst happens. What? Prepare for the worst? So what should I be stockpiling?

His suggestions were to get sacks of rice and lots of face masks - maybe he’s being wise, but I couldn’t stop laughing 😂 mind you, supplies of toilet tissue have been running out in the Far East, so I guess that ought to be on the list...

Have you been stockpiling? If so, what do you consider a priority

hspexy
1 month ago
What do you think of this?
davidstockport
davidstockport1 month ago

I am assuming you mean to self quarantine if the worst happens, I was discussing this earlier today, I can usually last three weeks if I can't go out (unexpectedly) without any problem, so won't be stock piling anything. I will try to avoid crowded places, but don't think face masks are very affective as so many doctor's in China have caught it.

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hspexy
hspexy
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1 month ago

Not just self quarantine, but in general, in case supplies of anything runs lows. Went to the supermarkets today and there were a lot of empty shelves and fridges...could be for numerous reasons, but the obvious is down to the issues going on right now

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PhilipMarc
PhilipMarc1 month ago

There are different types of masks, some more effective than others.

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davidstockport
davidstockport1 month ago

PhilipMarc But it does look as if no one knows which type of mask prevents the spread of the virus best if so many doctors and other medical personnel become victims.

The main problem seems to be that many are transmitting the virus to others before they realise they themselves have got it, and it appears that masks are better at transmitting than preventing contacting it.

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davidstockport
davidstockport1 month ago

hspexy Theoretically there is no reason for there to be any "significant" shortage of any foodstuffs. Shortages are more likely to be caused by people stockpiling - it's happened so many times in recent years, many were stockpiling because of Brexit.

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kevlfc
kevlfc1 month ago

i have a shed with crates of beer oh wait its just Saturday night

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chelseaturpin
chelseaturpin1 month ago

Haha sounds like something i do too. Glad im not the only one.

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Johnny
Johnny1 month ago

Other than making sure we have some anti-bacterial hand sanitiser & wipes, no.

Think about the impact on the rest of the country if everyone starts stockpiling, especially medical supplies.

I want other people to have access to medications if and when they need them.

Panic buying only makes the situation worse.

If you use - or stockpile - face masks when healthy, then you may be selfishly contributing to the shortage, creating yet more panic buying and shortages of medicines and food. By buying masks you don't need you then become partly responsible for the spread of coronavirus and other flu-like viruses!

STOP AND THINK.

When there’s a worldwide shortage of masks, who should be buying and wearing them, and have priority?

Is it:

a) People with fever and respiratory symptoms like coughing or sneezing (in order to protect others)? Or

b) People who are perfectly healthy?

Face masks can help contain droplets containing any type of virus, including the flu, and help to protect close contacts (anyone within three to six feet of the infected person). They are much better at stopping viruses from going out, than from going in.

If you’re perfectly OK but wearing a face mask or stockpiling them, then you may be contributing to the shortage and denying someone ill - who actually needs a mask to protect you and your family - from their bug from being able to buy one!

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davidstockport
davidstockport1 month ago

There isn't even a real need to stockpile on sanitizer or hand wipes for HOME use - or any other place where soap and water are available.

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Johnny
Johnny1 month ago

davidstockport

My trouble is when I go to town I touch stuff immediately after I wash my hands, and am always touching my face. I go to the loo in the coffee shop, wash my hands then touch the tap to turn it off (Oops) then the dryer (Oops) then the door to get out (Oops) then the buttons on the ATM (Oops) and at the car park (Oops). If I buy anything the cashier handles it and gives me change (Double Oops). And I just can’t seem to stop myself from holding escalator handrails.

So the hand sanitiser and wipes come in handy, but I buy as I need them rather than stockpile.

Perhaps I should wear gloves, but then again I’d only touch them to pull them off, or use my teeth. My wife’s threatening handcuffs and a whip.

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davidstockport
davidstockport1 month ago

Johnny Then you go and touch the sanitizer container that you'd last touched when you needed to sanitize your hands OOPs . . . life can be so cruel ☺☺☺

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Pjran
Pjran1 month ago

Johnny My wife’s threatening handcuffs and a whip. In your dreams or are you acting out 50Shades of Grey?

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Johnny
Johnny1 month ago

Pjran You might think that. I couldn’t possibly comment😂

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dholly39
dholly391 month ago

Does he mean because the virus or weather.

Either way i have 5 kids stockpiling will be like a weekly shop 😂

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hspexy
hspexy
Original Poster
1 month ago

He is referring to the virus, but I have noticed shortages of items in the shops recently. Lol I can imagine how much you’d have to buy 😂

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davidstockport
davidstockport1 month ago

hspexy Remember how just before Christmas there were STRONG rumours that because of the wet autumn there'd be a shortage of sprouts. Then remember how at Christmas the supermarkets were virtually giving them away. I wouldn't mind betting there were more sprouts available than in other years.

I'm perhaps being a little cynical but. . . could the shortages on the shelves just be an attempt to sell more? ☺

I have noticed that some time after "shortages" the price of the things (that had supposedly been in short supply) dropped, perhaps because they couldn't sell the things because people had stockpiled them (so didn't need to buy any more).☺

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hspexy
hspexy
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1 month ago

davidstockport tbh I wouldn’t be surprised if the shortages were related to other issues. I certainly don’t need any of the frozen produce the likes of Tesco and sainsburys don’t have - I can just pop to iceland, who seem to have plenty all year round lol

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ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn1 month ago

No, I can't. My whole life is in boxes and the unpacking starts next week after I move. I haven't time or indeed right now a house to put excess food. Once moved in I still don't see me doing it as I have to start cleaning the new house and unpacking boxes and planting seeds. What we need is some frosts to kill viruses. Once summer rolls around this thing should blow over.

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PhilipMarc
PhilipMarc1 month ago

No. The media, govts and WHO all give their own different take on what the virus can do and what you should do to prevent.

It is kinda funny how this dad and his daughter went on TV to prove it's not that serious, and then it backfired.

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LenoirLenoir
LenoirLenoir1 month ago

I was Getting my sons prescription today and overheard a lady stocking up on medication just incase. I was actually shocked because I’d not really given it a thought. I won’t be stocking up on anything. I don’t think we’re at that stage yet.

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ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn1 month ago

And the virus is in gloucestershire. great. Really haven't time for it. Before they put Gloucestershire on lock down I need to move house. I do have lots of cleaning products in boxes from my old house so i'm ok for bleach. Haven't time to be ill/die.

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ACR
ACR1 month ago

No... I only 'stockpile' when certain products with a long shelf life are on offer for a great price.

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Glitterandgold
Glitterandgold1 month ago

No. Has never even crossed my mind to do so. I think it's a bit of a overreaction at this point.

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RegularComper90
RegularComper901 month ago

Obviously, we should all be a little concerned. But is this new strain of coronavirus really any worse and more contagious than an everyday flu? News reporters love to scaremonger the public as a way to attract more viewers and make a profit.

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hspexy
hspexy
Original Poster
1 month ago

Very true. Statistically, more people have died from other ailments, but we don’t hear about those

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LottieMyya
LottieMyya1 month ago

I wish i could but the only stockpiles i do is cleaning products unfortunately. For some reason i hate a full full cupboard

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Mango4
Mango41 month ago

Not stockpiling, but notice stocks of Anti bacterial items , Wipes, Dettol sprays , hand wash etc were quite depleted in my local Wilko this morning

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ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn1 month ago

I have a large supply of bleach and disinfectant from my old house in boxes, so I'm ok for that. I am now planning on wednesday to go the shops (need food; I have none), so I will get some supplies then. I can't do it any earlier and it will be all over where I live by then as it is in the county already. I do have one tiny bottle of anti-bac handwash in my handbag and I know I have a large bottle but it is packed in a box somewhere.

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chelseaturpin
chelseaturpin1 month ago

I dont personally stockpile but if i did i would probably start off with toiletries and tinned foods.

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RnD194hd
RnD194hd1 month ago

I think stock piling can lead to spending you can't afford for an event that is unlikely to happen. Latest figure for corona virus is 3000 deaths world wide but it started in a country with a population of 1.4 billion people.

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