Hi Paul and hi Matchy,
I've been buying ahead because I'm in regional NSW and as you would know from the media, thanks to our new premier Parott Head (☹️) we had all precautions lifted heading into Xmas (don't get me started about how #####!!!! stupid THAT was!!!!!) & people stopped wearing masks and distancing 😯 and now we have virus everywhere. 😕🤧😷
And yes there's panic buying because people are worried about getting sick and/or having to isolate (both of which are a legitimate worry at the moment) and staff and apparently the delivery truck drivers are getting sick. There was news about this in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Guardian online.
I've cooked and frozen meals ahead and have enough to get through about a week if I get sick without having to ask for help. I live alone so I need to take care of myself and my dog. 🐕I have extra dry food for him, his food has been unavailable for months due to staff in shipping jobs overseas being off sick - a guy who works in transport told me the containers are all stuck in the depots or on the wharves! 🚚🚢
Yesterday I managed to get a packet of panadol at a chemist as it's nearly impossible to get. Also things like throat lozenges, thermometers, are sold out.
People are panicking which is unhelpful, a girl at the chemist told me the phone calls for RAT tests are non-stop but the government is taking them all back off them so they have none. The govt is panicked (duh!) I also heard from another pharmacist the govt is recalling all RATS from them.
I also have enough medication to get me through about 10 days.
People amaze me, they're still not wearing masks, they're sitting in crowded indoor cafes especially older people, they're crowding into the local ice cream shop which had heaps of cases previously - I guess they're just fed up, but it's not helpful. I wish they would think of the poor hospital staff & here in the country our small hospitals can't cope.
So it's fun times again in NSW on top of a heat wave that goes on and on for weeks (but hey, there's no climate crisis, we all love coal!) and I'm in an uninsulated fibro getting cooked alive with my poor little dog! But otherwise everything is wonderful... 😃
We will be OK I like a quiet life, but these are certainly interesting times!
Meanwhile our PM is hoping a tennis player & tough talk about borders will distract us all from the mess. Nope!
So what's it like where you guys are??? Nice to see you here!