I didn't want to post on 200meters thread because I feel like his news about his son is more important, well just as important, no yeah, actually more important and more long lasting than this virus storm is probably going to be. I'm in the at risk group, 65 and already have breathing problems and a weakened immune system so I'm not taking it lightly but common sense is telling me stocking up on non-perishable food might just be a priority over stock piling a large quantity of TP and hand sanitizer as we've seen in my area. In my case I already stock up on TP, paper towels, laundry detergent and cleaning supplies as a rule so I don't have to bother running to the store for bs items, so maybe I'm ahead of the game. I also drink bottled water but in a pinch I'd deal with my tap water, a taste I do not prefer. I don't see a risk in my water being turned off due to this virus, don't understand all of the stockpiling of bottled water, unless I'm missing something. I'm on the east coast of the US. Our local school system is ramping up the online school access and put out a special news video yesterday in preparation for school closings. We don't have one reported case in my county, yet. The colleges are falling one by one to cancelling all but online classes. All of the local stores, including the grocery stores, pharmacy stores and the big box stores are out of TP, hand sanitizer, actually any alcohol based products, and water. I ordered a bunch of non-perishable foods from a local grocery store, to pick up tomorrow, because I was a bit worried about the content of the presidents special report tonight. Seems I didn't have to worry about people wondering how they were going to eat if they were quarantined for a long period just yet, there was no mention of that. Tomorrow I'm going to pick up those groceries and also pick up paint and other supplies for projects I have planned for my house. I will be set up to stay at home for an extended period of time with plenty of food and plenty of supplies to keep me busy around the house. I've thought about the possibility of delivering meals to the kids who get the free lunches locally because our local special report mention they don't know if/how they are going to get the lunches to the kids. I could wear gloves, I have a box of them for my camper sewer change outs. I can keep my hands off of my face and just drop off the meals to the doors with no contact to anyone. Or deliver medications if the local pharmacy decides to go that way for the senior, at risk, customers. I'll see what comes up locally. But this clearing out the stores of TP and water by people who seem to have no common sense as to where their next meal might come from if they are quarantined has me baffled. Do they typically wait until they are at their last square, no square to spare (Seinfeld reference), do they think they are going to eat the freaking TP if they are quarantined and can't go out to a store or what? Or are they lemmings with no ability to think for themselves? It just seems to me the preparations people are making, in this area at least, make no sense to me. Maybe it's just desperation locally hoping the TP gods will come to their rescue? I think one of the actual real problems we have here are the young families who have no choice but to go to work in order to get paid and have to put their children in a daycare, or count on school and the before and after school programs. Such a hard situation when/if the care programs and schools close down. I don't see them getting much help. Even someone like me, who would have the time, couldn't risk the exposure from them and therefore their children. That's really being stuck between a rock and a hard place. I hope someone comes up with something for them, but I'm not seeing it so far. What do you all think?