A Record 145,000+ New Covid Cases In A Day, Grocery Stores Limit Toilet Paper

A Record 145,000+ New Covid Cases In A Day, Grocery Stores Limit Toilet Paper

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Covid Cases Go Crazy, Grocery Stores Limit Toilet Paper. Photo by Anna Shvets from Pexels

Some grocery store chains are re-imposing limits on toilet paper and other items as coronavirus cases spike in the U.S., bringing back memories of hoarding from the early days of the pandemic.

The U.S. has seen more than 100,000 cases a day for six days straight and is bracing for the worst four months of the outbreak — a “dark winter,” a “covid hell.”

The latest grim record: 145,835 new U.S. covid cases in a single day. The number of people hospitalized topped 65,000 for the first time in the U.S. since the pandemic began.

Running out of toilet paper won’t kill anyone, which is a relief. Seeing empty shelves in the grocery store is proof of life, of survival. It’s also déjà vu all over again.

Kroger stores, which operates under different brand names in 35 states and the District of Columbia, are limiting toilet paper, paper towels, disinfecting wipes and hand soap, MSN reported. H-E-B, which manages more than 400 stores mostly in Texas, imposed limits on Oct. 31 on toilet paper, paper towels and disinfecting wipes. The Giant Co. based in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, has about 190 stores across the U.S. and is imposing limits. So is Wegmans based in Rochester, New York.

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A study called the “Back to Normal Barometer” found that 52 percent of respondents said they plan to stockpile or have already stockpiled essential goods. Their reasons included uncertainty over the election and concern over a covid-19 resurgence. People who said they plan to stockpile tend to be at the political extremes, according to the study.

“We began seeing (stockpiling) emerge a little bit more after the Labor Day weekend,” said Jon Last, the President of Sports and Leisure Research Group, one of three firms that led the study, CBS8 reported.

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Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center of Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, correctly predicted months ago that there would be an “astronomical” increase in new cases after Labor Day.

Osterholm has been appointed to President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus advisory board. “This number is going to continue to increase substantially,” he said in an interview with CNBC’s “Squawk Alley”.

People hoard during times of crisis, believing, whether it’s true or not — of the impending scarcity of a product. “People want to minimize risk,” wrote psychologist Dr. John M. Grohol, founder of PsychCentral.

Humans perceive reality rationally and intuitively or emotionally, Grohol wrote. “It is nearly impossible to divorce reality from your experiential and emotional connection to it. You cannot just be a robot (although some people are much better at this than others) and act 100 percent of the time in a rational, logical manner.”