From Crazy To Calm

sacasLast week I was talking to my sister about how terrifying supermarkets in London were becoming. They were packed. A huge amount of people wandering around, most pushing a shopping trolley/cart stacked with food. I could see how dangerous they were becoming. I changed the times I shopped. I started to nip into the supermarket after work to pick up a few items. By the time I was there (around 7:30pm) it seemed that most of the shelves were empty. But it felt like a safer time to go.

This week, everything has changed. I had to go shopping for my landlords today. They are self-isolating for fourteen days after one of the family started coughing and feeling achy.

When I arrived at the supermarket, I was frankly amazed. There was a queue of shoppers stretched out from the front doors all the way to the other end of the car park, all of them maintaining 2 or 3 metres from each other. Nobody was there to direct them. People just knew to do that. Everyone waited patiently and peacefully until it was there turn to be allowed in to shop.

grasesaFinally! It seems that the message is sinking in! People are observing the social distancing principles that have been asked of them. I was really impressed. Even inside the supermarket, shoppers kept a distance and waited patiently for other shoppers to move along. No pushing or rushing. Calm has descended – phew!

When I was leaving a member of staff recognised me and told me that there is a special arrangement for NHS staff. Apparently, I should have gone “round the back” (I don’t know where they meant, but next time I might have a wander round). She told me they are setting aside some essential items like toilet paper for NHS staff. My face lit up!

Now I know…there is light at the end of the tunnel. It looks as if there is hope I will get toilet paper after all! I still have some left from what Jack brought back last weekend. But it feels good to know there is a way I can obtain some when needed.

12 thoughts on “From Crazy To Calm”

  1. It amazes me what people will panic buy and how quickly they will panic. The whole toilet paper thing is so ridiculous. I guess people over estimate how much they will use when home 24/7. I go shopping weekly and with the exception of toilet paper I have been able to get most things on my list. Ran out of yeast(that was odd), but people are getting a ton of food.

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  2. I was in Walmart the other day. I wore a mask. There were only one or two others with masks. I was walking down the aisle near paper goods and a man was blowing his nose into a handkerchief right there! I wanted to scream! Where are you going to wash your hands? Don’t you know you are spreading germs? Ugh, some people really don’t see this as an important thing to remember.

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    1. It’s hard to find face masks. But many people are wearing disposable gloves.
      I am wondering what will happen when hay fever kicks in. There will be a lot of people around sniffling and sneezing because of pollen, but everyone is nervous about anyone with the slightest sign of a sniffle at the moment.

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  3. There will always be idiots. Those who don’t care if they infect someone else, no matter. They won’t know about it, so they don’t care. If someone dies because of it? They won’t know it was them who infected them. In fact, they won’t know anything about it as it’s a total stranger. Then there are those who think they’re immortal, and ‘It won’t happen to me.’
    Such people are always with us, and always have been. It’s such a pity that their actions have an impact on other people, not only directly, but indirectly, in this case, in the imposition of draconian measures. (It’s not only during crises. There are other restictions to daily life imposed because of the few idiots–like speed bumps because of people speeding down unsuitable roads, as an example.
    Anyway, you must get your supplies. Thank you and all the NHS workers who are working so hard, not only now, but all the time.

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    1. Thanks Vivienne. 🙂
      I must say though, the vast majority of people in the area I live are taking it very seriously. I can see a huge difference to the week before.


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