Stockpiling Puts Others At Risk


Social distancing requires only a two-week supply of items, a Texas A&M Agrilife expert says.

There’s a difference between purchasing in preparation for an extended stay at home stay the excessive stockpiling being seen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.

“The coronavirus, or COVID-19, has understandably caused people to feel fearful,” said Miquela Smith, AgriLife Extension health specialist based in Amarillo. “Families want to be as prepared as possible during this time of uncertainty. Social distancing is critical right now, and one reason to stock up on certain items is to avoid making repeated trips into crowded public areas. You should also stay home if you become sick, except to seek medical care.”

Smith said current guidelines indicate people should have enough food and supplies for two weeks. Some items to have on-hand are dry, canned or frozen foods, medications, soap and disinfectant, and fluids with electrolytes.

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