AMERICANS have started panic-buying again with toilet paper and essentials flying off the shelves as coronavirus cases surge.
Shock pics of empty supermarket shelves across the nation are making headlines as the demand for sanitizing products and other essentials are on the rise.
The US has suffered more than 100,000 daily infections for two weeks straight and on Monday reported more than 166,000 new cases.
According the Daily Mail, 20 states have reported all-time highs in Covid-19 related deaths.
Despite these scary stats, Donald Trump's coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas has said families can invite elderly relatives for Thanksgiving – because it could be their last.
Since the start of the pandemic, the US has recorded more than 11.3million confirmed coronavirus cases and 247,000 deaths.
Walmart officials said on Tuesday that the supply chains are struggling to keep up with rising demands, practically with essential items.
According to the officials, the essential items have been harder to stock consistently in locations with spikes in new coronavirus cases.
“We do see big differences, depending on the communities that you’re in. The specific categories where we have the most strain at the present time would be bath tissue and cleaning supplies,” said Walmart CEO John Furner.
CEO Doug McMillon called it “disappointing” to see “as many out-of-stock as we have in consumables right now generally,” although he said the situation had improved since the spring.
However, he added how the company was better prepared to handle the high demands after the first wave at the start of the year.
“It feels to me like we’ll work through this period of time better than we did in the first wave,” McMillon said.
In Seattle, state leaders and grocery retailers are clamping down on panic buying at local grocery stores in the region.
Retailers and state leaders are asking residents to avoid hoarding groceries and cleaning supplies.
“Our supply chain is good. Buying up everything you can get hands on just hurts everybody and there’s no necessity for it right now,” said Governor Jay Inslee.
With Thanksgiving a week away, several governors from New Jersey, California, Iowa, Ohio and New Mexico quickly acts on Monday to restrict gathers ahead of the holiday.
The governors urged their residents to boost face-coverings and practice social distancing in confronting a Covid-19 surge they warned is "out of control."
In New Mexico, Gov Michelle Lujan Grisham’s issues a stay-at-home order, which went into effect Monday.
Only essential businesses, including grocery stores and pharmacies are allowed to remain open.
Contrary to what health officials are warning about a winter surge in Covid-19 cases, Donald Trump’s coronavirus adviser suggested that people should invite their elderly relatives for Thanksgiving “because it might be their last.”
Dr Scott Atlas, a neuroradiologist with zero experience in public health, made the remarks as he attacked lockdowns on Fox News.
“This kind of isolation is a tragedy of the elderly who are now being told ‘don’t see your family at Thanksgiving’,” he said on the news station.
“For many people this is their final Thanksgiving, believe it or not. We have to have a policy… which is a whole person policy. It’s not just about stopping cases of Covid.”
Atlas’ advice conflict the advice issued by Dr Anthony Fauci, who said people need to avoid large gatherings this year, especially involving elder folks.
“You may have to bite the bullet and sacrifice that social gathering unless you’re pretty certain that the people that you’re dealing with are not infected,” Fauci said last month.
In Virginia, large chains like Walmart and Kroger are already experiencing a second wave of panic buying, according to ABC8 News.
“There will be a second rush. I am very confident in my store and what we have now. They learned from what happened six months ago and they brought product in early,” local store owner Norm Gold told the station.
In Indianapolis, images show empty aisles as shoppers stock up for the holidays.
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