We have all seen the photos: huge crowds with overladen shopping carts (how much toilet paper or canned beans does a person need?), and rows of empty shelves. Panic buying has become a phenomena not just in Malaysia but around the world as people try and cope with the Covid-19 pandemic.
While toilet paper hoarding is one of the strange responses to the Covid-19 pandemic, there are other less than funny behaviours that are even dangerous to one's well-being as well as the well-being of one's loved ones.
With anxiety rising, more and more memes and messages about the Coronavirus are being forwarded, many of them unverified. Always verify the news you receive - check and double check before you share. Spreading fake news is irresponsible and dangerous and against the law.
Why buy one when you can buy 100? No!
Panic buying leads to less supply for those who really need it, especially the elderly and disabled who might not be able to get to much needed items fast enough.
First it was toilet paper, then instant noodles and early this week, shops were out of bread because people are still hoarding groceries. And sanitisers too. Buy what you need, make do with what you have and remember, when at home, wash your hands with soap and water.
You may want to spend time with your loved ones back in the kampung or your hometown but we have to stay put. Call your family. Skype. Facetime with them.
Recreational forests and public parks may be closed but stubborn joggers and walkers are still sneaking outdoor for walks at neighbourhood parks or residential areas.
Exercise at home. There are many YouTube videos that offer fun exercise routines that one can do at home.
Use a face mask only if you are a frontliner or if you have symptoms of Covid-19. Or, if you are caring for someone who is ill. If you use a face mask, dispose of it after each use - in the trash, not on the road.