We are already in a crisis let's not worsen it!
Many heartbreaking and panic-inducing footages of families being torn apart, medics breaking down, people fighting each other to grab the last of supplies have been going viral online as the coronavirus pandemic is becoming more real with every passing day. While a huge chunk of the population is trying to fight the pandemic together, many seem to be overly panicked as they are acting out of selfishness at a time when social-solidarity is of paramount importance.
A similar incident was reported from Australia where an elderly woman was photographed staring at the empty shelves of the canned food section of Coles supermarket with despair. Nine News journalist Seb Costello posted an image of the woman breaking down on Twitter and said the woman was "in tears," reported MailOnline.
"This captures who is suffering from the me-first, unnecessary, trend of panic buying," he wrote.
Midday today.— Seb Costello (@SebCostello9) March 19, 2020
Port Melbourne Coles.
Canned food aisle.
I’m told she was in tears.
This captures who is suffering from the me-first, unnecessary, trend of panic buying.
As @ScottMorrisonMP it “has to stop”. @9NewsAUS @theage @ACurrentAffair9 #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/sFMx8RFeb7
As per Coles chief operations officer Matthew Swindells, buyers of Coles have hoarded up to three Christmases worth of stock in as many weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic but without the usual six months of lead-up planning.
"It's not a problem of supply, it's a problem of demand," Mr. Swindells told 7News. "We have done three Christmases in three consecutive weeks from a standing start."
He added, "When you see that immediate lift in demand across a network as large as Coles, it punches a huge stock hole in our supply lines and it takes time to recover." Twitter users are heartbroken by the photo and slammed the shoppers who are acting selfishly.
This really breaks my heart, the elderly have already given to society, why aren’t we looking after them?? We will be them sooner than we realise. Bring in rationing....please let’s look after the vulnerable 💔— Deb Buch (@Deb_Buch) March 19, 2020
this photo just makes me feel like crying— Jacqueline M 🐨 🐾 (@jacket1962) March 19, 2020
It’s absolutely heartbreaking - I’m struggling to find work so I’m on Centrelink and I can not buy food hardly anywhere. It’s not like I can spare the petrol to go to multiple places either. So fucking hard.— Patty Spank Pants (@pattyspankpants) March 19, 2020
I wish I was there to help here very sad sorry that happened to here— pure (@supperdream1) March 19, 2020
As per MailOnline, Australia produces food for 75 million people which is thrice times their population but still, supermarkets are seeing empty shelves as buyers are hoarding huge amounts of supplies in fear of a nation-wide lockdown.
In fact, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison begged Australians to "stop hoarding" as supermarket stores will remain open. "I can't be more blunt about it. Stop it. It's ridiculous. It's un-Australian, and it must stop. It is not sensible and it is not helpful," Mr. Morrison said.
Scott Morrison has a message for Australians: stop hoarding. He's described it as 'un-Australian' pic.twitter.com/gaEigjQ49v— SBS News (@SBSNews) March 18, 2020
He added, "It has been one of the most disappointing things I have seen in Australian behaviour in response to this crisis. That is not who we are as a people. It is not necessary. There is no reason for people to be hoarding supplies in fear of a lockdown or anything like this. It is not something that people should be doing."
Additionally, considering the current scenario, Coles went the Woolworths supermarket way and announced a special, dedicated work period but the elderly and the vulnerable. "Coles supermarkets will temporarily change their trading hours to open 7am to 8pm on weekdays, with the first hour of trade open exclusively to customers who hold a government-issued Pensioner Concession Card, Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, Companion Card and Health Care Card," the supermarket giant said in a statement as quoted by MailOnline.
As per WHO there are 234,073 confirmed cases of Coronavirus globally, while the John Hopkins live tracker shows the number rising to approximately 278,000, with 11,000 deaths. While it is important to be informed and be on top of things; acting out of panic will only worsen the situation. At the end of the day, it important to understand that we are in this together and only together will be able to fight the pandemic.
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