CoronaVirus Essential Goods Shortages - What can we do about this?
The world just dramatically changed because of the CoronaVirus (Covid-19) pandemic, and supplies of essential goods has been somewhat jeopardized. Most of this is because of panic buying.
Fear and Lack of Information Causes Unnecessary Panic Buying
There are two groups of panic buyers. There are those that fear the country will run out of essential goods, and there are those that are buying to resell at a profit to panic buyers.
As we are seeing in Italy, food is regularly making it to supermarket shelves even in lock down. The country is NOT going to run out of food, people.
I believe the second group of people are despicable and preying on others for profit in these circumstances should be outlawed.
How social distancing can help stop the spread of Covid-19
Even Amazon is Changing
On Tuesday the 17th of March 2020, Amazon announced that it will be concentrating on the delivery of essential goods ahead of all other goods in the immediate future. This includes household staples, groceries, diapers, and medical supplies in large numbers, to keep up with surging demand for essential goods.
They also announced large increases in employees numbers in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
As Amazon's stock levels will be changing at amazing rates, it may be impossible to keep up with what is available and what isn't. Hopefully after the initial reaction, things will return closer to normal for Amazon and a wider variety of products will again become available.
We hope to be able to give you some leads, not only for Amazon, but other sources, as well as giving you some tips on alternatives.
Click the button below to see what food is currently available for delivery.
Click the button below to see what's currently available from Amazon for general household products.
Diapers & Baby Products
Bathroom Safety, Mobility & Medical Supplies
Antiseptics & Antibiotic Ointments
Hand Sanitizers are still hard to find.
It may pay now to look at buying a First Aid Kit for the home if you don't have a good one. Click the link below to have a look at the MyMedic range of First Aid Kits.
Alternatives to Store Bought Hand Sanitizer
This home brew method is great for anyone that needs to clean their hands on the run, but nothing beats good old fashion soap and water.
Here is why... have a look at this video: TEACH your little ones why WASHING hands stops the spread of GERMS. This was really an amazing eye opener that every adult and child should watch.
Ingredients for Home Made Hand Sanitizer
2/3 cup 99% Rubbing Alcohol (Isopropyl)
1/3 cup 100% Pure Aloe Vera Gel
Optional: 8-10 drops essential oil for a nicer smell
Bowl and spoon, funnel, an empty liquid soap or hand sanitizer bottle
Mix together in a bowl using a spoon, and using the funnel, transfer into the empty liquid soap or hand sanitizer bottle.
Video Tutorial - How to Sew a Medical Face Mask
This is just the start of our research into CoronaVirus essential goods shortages. We hope to be able to add to it and change on a daily basis when we get new leads, and ask for feed back in the comments section below.
If you have any news that you feel will help others, please let us know. Any ideas, comments of any description are welcomed. We are all in this together.