Across the country, panic shoppers have stocked up on toilet paper, hand sanitizers and other basic necessities as they prepare for the possibility of a quarantine like the one currently in effect in Italy.
People have become frantic and have started stocking up on random supplies. It's one thing to buy water, food and maybe even face masks, but after a point, it's just ridiculous. A lot of people have things to say about it, and we're here to hear them out.
Here's what people had to say:
"This isn’t a hurricane or a wildfire or something that carries a real risk of rendering you homeless or having power failures or fuel shortages. People should just buy all the things they normally buy, but enough to last several weeks if they are quarantined at home. It’s not any more complicated than that for this scenario, it isn't the zombie apocalypse. Plus, you can always just have things home-delivered - this isn't the 1700s." - Abhishek, 21, Engineer.
"No one needs a 100 sanitizers and some 200 facemasks. You only need the sanitizers, if you don't have water or soap. You need about one face mask for a week, so about 5 masks should do. Why are people stocking up on random items, in random numbers? It's so pointless. Why are people acting like they can never leave their houses ever again? It's really sad to see how little we think before we do things like this." - Labh, 29, Content Writer.
"I think hoarding and stocking that's happening right now will be a learning curve for both consumers and retailers if any more lockdowns happen in future. Apart from that, I don't have any other say about it. I don't know what environmental implications it may have. It is probably too soon to say anything as we (Indians) have not been in this situation as bad as some other countries have been." - Vijay, Videographer.
"I can't blame people - it's selfish to hoard but we think about ourself. People are looking after themselves, and it is over the top, but the whole thing has blown up so much - what else can we do? I really can't blame anyone, just make sure you take into consideration that there are other people who do need supplies and don't take too much more than you actually need." Pranav, 24, Project Manager.
What do you think? IS the hoarding getting out of hand? Or is it valid that people are stocking up?