CoronaVirus Essential Goods Shortages. What can we do about this?


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Last Updated on September 15, 2020

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.


Update May 2020 - KN95 Face Masks are now available to buy online directly from Click the link below to go directly to 

KN95 Face Masks are now available directly from

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.

Well Stocked Supermarket Shelves

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.


Available on Amazon right now are pages and pages of food. All can be delivered to you. 

Plenty of yummy food is available

Items include:

  • Grocery and Gourmet Food
  • Snack Food
  • Canned, Packaged and Food in Jars
  • Cracker Assortments
  • Mayonnaise
  • Potato Chips and Crisps
  • Fruit and Nut Gifts
  • Meat and Seafood Gifts
  • Food Assortments and Variety Packs

Click the button below to see what food is currently available for delivery.

Household Products

Household Cleaning Products
  • Toilet Paper (many types)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Kitchen Paper Towel
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Soap and Soap Dispensers
  • Cleaning Wipes
  • Cleaning Cloths
  • Disinfectent Lamps
  • Sponge Cleaners
  • Mold Removers
  • Scrubbing Brushes
  • Pet Cleaning Washes

Click the button below to see what's currently available from Amazon for general household products.  


Morning Coffee at Home
  • Grocery & Gourmet Food
  • Single-Serve Coffee Capsules & Pods
  • Jams, Jellies and Sweet Spreads
  • Meal Replacement Drinks

Click the button to see what's currently available for delivery to your door from Amazon.

Diapers & Baby Products

Baby Products Available Online
  • Disposable Diapers 
  • Cloth Diapers and Accessories
  • Baby Wipes and Refills
  • Diaper Stackers and Caddies
  • Diaper Pins and Fasters
  • Baby Gift Sets

Bathroom Safety, Mobility & Medical Supplies

  • Walking Canes, Crutches and Accessories
  • Rolling Walkers
  • Wheelchair and Mobility Scooter Cushions
  • Bathroom Safety Aids and Accessories
  • Bath and Shower Safety Mats
  • Incontinence Bedding and Furniture Protectors
  • Medical Supplies and Equipment
  • Medical Bed Safety Rails

Antiseptics & Antibiotic Ointments

  • Swabs and Wipes
  • Antiseptic Ointments
  • Topical 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

Optional: Gloves

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

The Future

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.

Last Updated on September 15, 2020

Sharon McKenzie

I’ve always loved making my home a beautiful place to me. This can be challenging if you’re on a tight budget, but don’t let that stop you. This is when you use every ‘life hack’ in the book to get the look and feel you’re after.
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  • A friend of yours told me about this page appearing soon Sharon, so I was looking forward to you finally posting the details.

    I like many others, am now in a lockdown situation in our state, and I know these items will become harder to get as the weeks and months roll by. My family comes first. With two teenage boys and a limited source of income, I must keep these items in stock as best I can. Who knows what tomorrow will bring for our little family.

    Keep up the good work. If I can find any new sources of these types of goods or hints to assist others, I am more than happy to jump in and help.

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