Stop the selfish panic buying

2020-04-01 06:01

I WENT to a supermarket to purchase a product recently. To my disbelief, I saw consumers were filling their trollies with it. It was one of the most disappointing and unthoughtful things I have seen in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

Panic buying in the time of Covid-19 is more about fear than fulfilling needs. Panic buying is not about preparing, it lies more in the fear of the unknown and of wanting to be in control. Believing that there will be a shortage of food and other essential items, people panic buy. There are enough supplies of essential items for everyone.

Keep everyone else’s needs in mind and purchase items as per need and not according to wants and desires.

Agreed, anxiety and stress need to be acknowledged and managed but there is no need to panic buy and hoard.

South Africans are resilient and not prone to panic. We struggled and overpowered apartheid.

By participating in panic buying, vulnerable people are put at risk as they may not find a product that they may need to treat their chronic illness.

If you are in self-isolation or quarantined at home because you have been tested positive, you will need two weeks of supplies.

Stop being selfish and avoid the herd approach.

The best response to Covid-19 is to wash your hands thoroughly, take precautions and practice social and physical distancing.

MOHAMED SAEED

Pietermaritzburg

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