Panic buying and the UK response to coronavirus

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I don’t understand the panic buying. Do people not realise you can order groceries online and have them delivered? Anyone facing quarantine can still order groceries and have them delivered to their home. There’s no need to buy stuff to last the duration of the quarantine. Also, you can’t buy several weeks’ worth of fresh fruit and vegetables because they’ll go bad and fresh fruit and vegetables are what we should all be consuming in large quantities to boost immune functionKale is especially good. It’s cheap and widely available in supermarkets. It can also be grown easily in the Scottish climate.

Last year I bought red lentils and oats in bulk in preparation for a no-deal Brexit but fortunately that never happened. Believe it or not, we’re still making our way through the red lentils and oats I bought! I do quite like buying in bulk like this because it reduces waste and is usually cheaper. I recently tried visiting some refilleries (shops that let you bring your own bottle and fill it) with my soap and shampoo bottles so as not to throw them away but it was very expensive. The refilling cost more than the original purchase. Instead, I’ve discovered that Newton Dee sells shampoo, conditioner, detergent, hand soap, toilet cleaner, and lots more in big 5L containers. A single-use plastic container is usually only about 400ml so 5L will let me refill my containers many times at home. I will still need to recycle the 5L container but it’s better than recycling dozens of smaller ones … I think.

The UK, it seems, is going out on a limb with its coronavirus strategy. For instance, we are one of the few countries in Europe not to have closed schools. I think it will probably happen at some point but I agree with the government’s position not to close them yet. It’s too soon. But their strategy also seems to be to let the disease spread throughout the community in a controlled way so we eventually develop herd immunity.

Graham Medley is a professor of infectious disease modelling and he explains the problem and gives some good reasons for why we shouldn’t close schools:


I also saw this thread on Twitter:

Whether or not the government is right with this strategy I can’t say but I do think Boris Johnson is following the advice of experts. I also wonder what the long-term plan is for those places in lockdown. It’s not a position they can continue indefinitely and it’s now clear the virus is not going away. As soon as the restrictions are lifted the transmission will return so it’s not clear to me what their plans are. Will they enforce a lockdown until a vaccine is available next year? That doesn’t seem doable.

For now, everything is continuing as normal here. We went to Newton Dee for lunch yesterday and it was quite busy. Although I see on its website that as of today it is now shut for the foreseeable future. The D33 marathon continued as planned yesterday and we saw lots of people running along Deeside Way. Elizabeth had her usual Highland Dance lesson and today she’s got an exam practice lesson which is still going ahead. I’m a bit of a homebody anyway so being confined to the home doesn’t bother me, especially since I’ve got such a wonderful family to share it with. But for people who live alone, I can imagine that sort of isolation will take a toll if it continues for too long. My advice is, eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables (preferably go vegan!) to boost your immune system, learn how to shop online, find a hobby you can do at home like knitting or crochet, and get lots of good books to read.