BRITONS are reportedly beginning to panic buy items, even setting up “isolation” rooms at home in case coronavirus shuts down their communities.
Among the essentials that worried families have been said to be stockpiling are nappies, toilet roll, soup, tinned fruit, pet food, medicine, bottled water — and booze.
A shortage of germ-killing antibacterial gel has seen sales of surgical spirit boom on eBay and Amazon and Boots by people desperate to sanatise their hands, reports Mail Online.
Food and other essentials are also being snapped up here and in stores across the world as more than 82,000 people become infected as the world is teetering on the brink of a lethal pandemic.
Brits are facing months of coronavirus chaos with sporting events, gigs, schools on lockdown and families told to isolate themselves to stop the spread of the killer bug.
Two new cases today bring the total number of people diagnosed with Covid-19 in the UK to 15.
It comes as England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, warned that onward transmission between people in the UK was “just a matter of time in my view”.
He said: “If this becomes a global epidemic then the UK will get it.
“If it is not containable, it will be non-containable everywhere and then it is coming our way.”
One of the things that’s really clear with this virus, much more so than flu, is that anything we do we’re going to have to do for quite a long period of timeProfessor Chris Whitty, England’s Chief Medical Officer
Meanwhile with more than 400 cases reported in Italy fears are growing that the highly infectious disease is establishing a foothold in Europe and that soon millions could be infected.
In light of the growing threat, concerned social media users have been sharing stockpiling shopping lists and home quarantine tips.
One Mumsnet member said: “Camping commode loo in another room?
“I’ve also cleaned and prepped the farm caravan so if needed it could be an isolation suite.
“Useful place to store surplus supplies, tinned food etc as well.”
Another said: “Putting a couple of sheets of toilet roll in the bottom of a commode or bedpan makes them easier to clean.
“There’s an advantage for the patient in not having to use precious energy getting to the bathroom.”