But, in the rush to stock households during the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus, COVID-19, did you actually get what you need?
Prescription and nonprescription medication and other health supplies including pain relievers, stomach remedies and cough and cold medicine are smart choices to keep on hand. So are fluids that contain electrolytes and vitamins, according to ready.gov.
None of the COVID-19 preparation suggestions though are meant to strike panic shopping.
On Sunday, President
Scores of people piled up groceries last week and throughout the weekend, and when they happened upon empty shelves, posted pictures to social media and reached out to others online to find stores that still had inventory.
To allow more people to get the supplies they need some stores set limits on hard to find items like cleaners and toilet paper after sales increased in the wake of the virus making
" Do not panic" said Carbon County EMA Director
Use common sense
"People should use common sense, follow the guidance, exercise some social isolation and really that, with some common sense, we should be able to get through this," Matz said.
In a Sunday statement,
"Don't go where there's lots of people for now," Nalesnik said.
Luzerne County EMA Director
"I think we just have to heed the advice that's been given out by state and federal government,"
He said while COVID-19 is uncharted territory, people should follow guidance from
"Stay calm and follow the procedures put out by the experts," Leshko said.
"Calm and rational reasoning," he said.
He said first responders continue to work throughout the pandemic and are following the same precautions they would on any other given day where they are exposed to a variety of dangers, including illness.
"Bottom line is emergency services aren't going to stop," said the chief.
While local businesses are doing what they can to provide services while keeping employees and the public safe, Leshko also gave praise as a first responder to
Leshko also asked people sanitizing their homes and offices to read the labels on all cleaners to ensure they don't mix products together and cause themselves harm. Back in 2015, city firefighters responded to a call involving a man who experienced respiratory issues after mixing together two cleaners that warned against mixing it with other cleaning products.
The rush to stock households may have compelled some to jack up prices on certain items but there are laws protecting consumers against that.
Last week, Attorney General
In a Monday Facebook post, Shapiro noted there were 744 price gouging reports made to his office.
"Thank you for keeping your eyes peeled, gathering information, and taking action to protect yourselves and your fellow Pennsylvanians. We'll take it from here," Shapiro posted.
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