Went to food stores today for the first time in a week. Amazed to find shelves in a major supermarket EMPTY. Absence of most bread, pasta, fresh meat and poultry, sandwich meat and sausages, frozen food, tinned food and crackers. Wow!
Is it because of hoarding? I am thinking that may not be altogether correct. I would call it "stocking up" in the main. Another factor is all the people now staying in and eating at home who weren't doing so before. How to account for all the people who normally frequent restaurants throughout the week who, upon receiving urgent calls to stay home from authorities, have taken to preparing meals at home? That would mean a lot more shoppers and a lot fewer restaurant-goers.
Regardless, I found smaller markets well stocked. Naturally, they are enjoying more customers at the moment.
If there is a shortage, you would think it would be a blessing for overweight people, but it could be they are still indulging in bad habits.
Of course, there is concern for people with less means and support in these trying times. Some social organizations are calling for community and state action to make sure isolated people and homeless people have their necessities. I was reading a message by a council of trade unions demanding measures to protect poor and working people, such as delaying mortgage payments, financial relief for those forced to stay home from work, and so on. I think they have already influenced the decision-makers, judging by the announcements made by administrations at all levels today: 4 banks are allowing for postponement of mortgage payments, tax authorities and allowing for delayed payments, courts are preventing evictions and firings in situations related to COVID-19, social services granting special benefits, etc.
What can we do at home, if not working to make a living? -blogging! and other writing. How about poems, short stories? Exercise indoors or perhaps outdoors. I for one, felt motivated to hike up the local mountain one day and go for a bike ride another. Was refreshing, despite the seasonal hayfever. Then there is reading. I have books here I have not finished. There are also plenty of internet sources.
You can also communicate with friends and family. Just had a phone call. That is another nice thing about this situation. Whereas people don't normally just call and chat, some are passing the tine at home by calling family and friends.