Consumers are flooding to Costco stores to stock up as panic over the spread of the coronavirus increases.
On Thursday, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam urged Canadians to prepare for a possible outbreak of the virus by “keeping extra food and medication on hand, managing childcare arrangements, and preparing alternate arrangements for work.” She restated that for now the risk to Canadians remains low.
In Costco Burlington, the line stretched around the block. Due to the long waiting hours, many couldn’t even enter the stores.
— Brian C (@BeeZee05) March 1, 2020
While many were busy stocking up the essentials, some had their eyes on the prize….
Costco Canada sold out of toilet paper, paper towels and tissue
The calm, level headed neighbour of the US has lost its mind
Why aren’t we stock piling maple syrup, bacon and hockey pucks like true Canadians?!
FYI my family really needs toilet paper-we are down to 4 rolls
— Kids_kubed 🇨🇦 (@Kids_kubed) March 3, 2020
In BC, meat and chicken flew off the shelves as panic led the shoppers to stock up on packaged meat.
A friend sent this to me today: Costco in Richmond, BC
I guess I'm going to die in Canada from either the virus or starvation.
Oh the irony pic.twitter.com/8r6XrhS1zk
— Aidi (@aproiapsen) March 2, 2020
Over the weekend, the case of coronavirus doubled. With over 8 more cases tested positive for the virus, it’s no surprise that people are stocking on the provisions and move to a state of social isolation. But are the measures a bit extreme?
With the speculations of the outbreak becoming pandemic, consumers seemed to be panic-stricken, not only in Canada, but across the world. #CostcoPanicBuying is now trending on twitter, you can find some hilarious ways people are coping with the virus.
— 𖦹𝕄𝕚𝕤𝕤 ✞ ℂ𝕒𝕤𝕤𝕖𝕥𝕥𝕖𝕤𖦹 (@JesseCassettes) February 29, 2020
Gotta do what you gotta do, right?