Americans stock up at stores amid coronavirus pandemic

Americans stock up at stores amid coronavirus pandemic

CHARLOTTE — Shoppers are finding long lines, empty shelves and people stocking up as the spread of the coronavirus escalates.

"It's silly," one shopper said.

Action 9 hesitated to even do this news report because it didn’t want to add to the panic.

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Many are stocking up even if they’re not sure why.

"I guess being trapped inside, but you need toilet paper all the time so, if we’re not trapped inside, we’ll have it for a while,” another shopper said.

Some said they are worried about being quarantined, while others are concerned about shipments slowing down because of the economy. For the most part, shoppers seem afraid others are panicking, and they won’t even be able to get their basics.

If you’re going to stock up, make sure you have a two-week supply of the following: (and, if you think about it, you probably already do):

  • Non-perishable food
  • Over-the-counter medicines
  • Cleaning supplies -- not just disinfectant but for dishes and clothes too
  • If you take prescription medication, make sure you have enough for 30 days.

Disaster response groups agree the coronavirus pandemic isn’t the kind of crisis where you lose power, so don’t waste your money on bottled water and propane.

Many stores are putting limits on items. Like Friday, Harris Teeter joined the list.

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