Odessa, TX – West Texas residents have been making runs on their grocery stores to buy all the dry beans, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and bread they can get their hands on. People how bought so many respiratory masks that some area contractors are turning down jobs they can no longer do safely.
Panic hoarding of everything from hand sanitizer to can foods is motivated by fear, not practicality. President Trump has urged Americans to stop. Not only does the average family use less than 80 rolls of toilet paper per entire year, but almost all our toilet paper is still made domestically without any risk to the supply chain from travel bans.
Along with respiratory masks, hand sanitizer was the earliest scapegoat of escalating stockpiling. Photos of empty drugstore shelves has appeared from all corners of the state. But the only people who need to use hand sanitizer are those without access to soap and water, like people who work at reception in medical facilities. There are people who can’t wash their hands abundantly without dealing with their eczema.
While plenty of people eat beans regularly as a healthy food, lots of people don’t. If you weren’t preparing beans from dry already, this seems like a weird time to start. A one-pound bag of beans ends up growing to five or six cups of cooked beans. If you ate just beans for every meal for a week, people would probably usually use that hoarded toilet paper. For two weeks, you’d need about 15 pounds of just dry beans and that’s only a few big bags – far from a basket full of everything you can get your hands on.
While meat counters continue to be totally emptied, you’d be surprised how much fresh raw chicken is being nabbed up as well. Chicken will last just one or two days in the refrigerator. So unless people are rushing home and putting all this chicken directly in their freezer, they’re just asking for health complications from eating bad food. They would be better off buying canned chicken or tuna.
There are many goods we rely on that aren’t endangered by logistics of the COVID-19 pandemic. Preparing for the worst and buying some grocery items is certainly going to be understandable. Filling your shopping basket with an excessive amount of product is probably going to get some unfavorable looks. Buying products that won’t be used in the next nine months… waste of money, and more importantly, depriving those on a fixed budget their basic necessities. Bottom line, provide for your family without being so self-centered and inconsiderate of others. And the others does include the elderly and under privileged.