Coronavirus Panic is Here!

Just yesterday on the forum we had a member post this story. Here’s a snippet from it:

Panic is setting in for residents on the West Coast as California becomes a coronavirus hotspot, Washington state reports the first US death from the virus and Oregon officials announce that an elementary school employee has tested positive for the disease. Anxious shoppers descended on California supermarkets, stocking up on supplies like bottled water, canned food and Clorox wipes.


And people, they were not kidding. I just got back about an hour ago from a run to get the usual shopping done. First stop: Costco.

I was absolutely floored when I pulled into the parking lot. In 14 years of going there since it was built I had never seen the entire lot full. It took me about 10 minutes to find a space.

When I got inside, it looked like everyone in the State of Georgia was there and they were all mobilizing for Iwo Jima. Many had in fact abandoned carts in favor of large, flat bed trollies that were loaded up with all manner of things.

There were sold out of hand sanitizer. Costco. Sold out. Yeah.

For whatever reason, there had also been a run on beer, coffee and half n half. I managed to get my beloved Stella and a large bag of coffee beans, so I’m all good.

I gathered a few meats, the usual stuff, bought my daughter a cheesecake just because, and headed to the registers. Normally, there are only 2 or 3 registers open at 10:30 in the morning. Today, they were all open and the line was unbelievable.

Checkout line at Costco

Yes, that’s my daughter’s cheesecake. No, you can’t have any. Anyway, what you can’t see is the very long line of registers to the right. This line is one of three queues to get into the lines at the registers. So I stepped forward and took this picture:

Wall to wall waiting at Costco

If you look all the way to the other end that man in the grey hoody and jeans is the start of another line like the one I was in pictured above going down that side of the aisles. It was insane.

People, I’m not one to panic, but if I were you I’d hustle on down to the grocery store and stock up on your usual things and some non-perishables before they’re gone. I’m serious. The panic in less than a day has spread literally from coast to coast.

This has been a public service announcement.

P.S. I went down to Publix to pick up a few things. They too were sold out of hand sanitizer. So was Kroger. So was CVS. So was Walgreens. I’ve ordered a case from Amazon that’ll be here Wednesday.

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5 Responses

  1. Gomez_Adams says:

    So this morning, the first two cases of coronavirus are confirmed in Atlanta. (North Fulton to be exact.)

    According to the grape vine, these two people were on vacation in Italy. While there, they saw nothing about coronavirus. They were told nothing about coronavirus. Nothing at all.

    So they get on the airplane to go home, nothing was done. No checks, no news, nothing. They land at Hartsfield airport, the busiest airport on the planet and home transport hub of the CDC itself, and nothing was done.

    It wasn’t until they got home and were watching the news that they saw all the hoopla about coronavirus. The two immediately went to the hospital to be tested and are now presently quarantined and under observation. The authorities “say” they are tracking down everybody they came in contact with.

    That’s going to be hundreds of people. The idea that the authorities are doing anything near what they say they’re doing is a bald faced lie. It’s amazing that these two people toured Italy for over a week, got on an international flight and landed at the worlds busiest airport passing by hundreds if not thousands of people and never heard or was told a thing until they got home and saw it on the news.

    This is incompetence on an unprecedented level.

  2. Zeedox says:

    I hate to say it but your user-pay health system is setting you guys up for a massive hit as people can’t afford health care and ignore quarantine and the symptoms altogether.
    Not to mention your health care is based on the minimum amounts necessary to ensure profitability and will very quickly be overwhelmed by the sheer scale. I expect there soon to be an announcement like Britain that only those expected to have a good outcome will receive medical treatment.

    For profit prisons will become death camps.

  3. Gomez_Adams says:

    I can’t argue with any of that.

    In fact, I just got back from Walmart. I went to get a new hair dryer and some toothpaste. The place looks like the doors were left open for free looting all night long. In some areas, it looked like a bomb went off. It’s beyond ridiculous the panic now. It’s also beyond ridiculous that we’re being lied to.

    So much for land of the free and home of the brave, eh?

  4. Thing 1 says:

    They’re doing the same shit here. I stopped by the gas station on the way home from voting to fill up and get some suds. The place looked like it had been fucking ransacked. People filling up cans and I’m talking big fucking 10 gallon jobs. The dude in front of me had the bed of his F150 slap fucking full of gas cans full of gas. These fuckers are doomsday prepping for sure!

  5. Insurrectional_Leftist says:

    The prepping but jobs are out in full force.

    On the other hand at work, I’m surrounded by Trump heads who believe it’s all a hoax, and don’t want to take any precautions at all. Their blowing it off, and even get upset at me for bringing the topic up. When I try to warn them to wipe a table top off or be sanitary etc, they accuse me of being a never Trumper. I’m not kidding. Trump has lied to these fools.

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