The entire world is panicking, but it's safe to say that the individuals bulk buying groceries as if they are preparing for war is a little bit unnecessary.
Sadly, it's the elderly and vulnerable who are suffering as a result of this selfish behavior.
Keep scrolling to see what's happening to those who are having to go without because of this mass hysteria...
If by some unknown reason you didn't already know, we are in the midst of a global pandemic.
But what exactly is the coronavirus?
via: Getty ImagesReuters gave a short guide to what it is exactly... "Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that get their name from what they look like under a microscope - they are spherical and their surfaces are covered with "crown"-like spikes."
So far, the symptoms have proven to be deadly.
via: Getty"Coronavirus infections have a wide range of symptoms, including fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and death."
A lot of people have now died from the virus...
via: Getty ImagesIt has been confirmed by Worldometer that 3,408 people have now died globally, with the majority being in mainland China. A further 100,379 people have been found to carry the virus and be infected.
Things are only getting worse...
via: Getty ImagesThe virus continues to rapidly spread, and traces of the disease have already been discovered and confirmed in 8 other countries including here in America, the U.K, Italy, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Japan, and Australia.
The United Nations have declared a global emergency.
via: Getty ImagesThe World Health Organization declared the emergency last month and called on all countries to take urgent measures to contain the respiratory disease.
And everyone has been asking the same thing...
via: GettyWhat is it that's causing this deadly virus?
Bats are believed to be one of the main culprits...
via: GettyStrains of the virus have been discovered in bats in the past and, with them being a delicacy in some areas of China, they are believed to be one of the primary causes.
But regardless of where it comes from, the virus can be spread quickly and easily...
via: GettyAnd the World Health Organization has warned that it can be spread by simply coughing, kissing or making contact with saliva.
Scientists have been working tirelessly in a bid to find a vaccine...
via: Getty ImagesBut despite generous donations made to the cause, they have so far had no luck.
People all around the world are panicking.
via: Getty ImagesIt's a dire situation.
And many are going to extreme lengths to protect themselves.
via: Getty ImagesPeople have been spotted donning face masks and various other items of clothing and materials in airports in a desperate bid to avoid the virus.
And last month, the panic peaked when the head of Wuhan Hospital, the city known for being at the center of the crisis, tragically died.
Director of Wuchang Hospital in #Wuhan, respected neurosurgeon, Liu Zhiming, died at age 50 on Feb. 18 due to the… https://t.co/YtBtOsLrbt— People's Daily, China (@People's Daily, China)1582001748.0
His death was confirmed by People's Daily, the official newspaper of China's Communist Party...This was utterly devastating news.
It's safe to say that researchers are now getting desperate...
via: Getty ImagesAnd there is an immense amount of pressure on authorities to find a cure, and fast.
Because the virus continues to spread across the globe like wildfire...
via: GettyAnd it's showing no signs of slowing down.
Evidently, the coronavirus has been causing people all around the world to suffer from serious panic...
via: GettyAnd many are experiencing anxiety and worry over the impending doom the virus brings with it.
Many people have resorted to buying in bulk to prepare for the worst...
via: Getty ImagesShelves in grocery stores all around the world have been emptied by people panic buying food and essentials to last them for months.
This is completely unnecessary...
via: Getty ImagesAnd the selfish people out there who are insisting on emptying the shelves are making life much more difficult for others who are now in desperate need of groceries.
The people of Australia are in a mass panic right now...
via: Getty ImagesAccording to the Australian health department, there are currently 709 confirmed cases in the country with 6 people now dead from the virus.
There has been a "toilet roll crisis" in Australia...
Seriously WTF Australia? Panic buying of toilet paper at Woolies https://t.co/VyYnct4rAV— Andrew Backhouse (@Andrew Backhouse)1583287103.0
A little bit of advice got taken out of hand...
At my local Coles and Woolies. Panadol. Gone. Hand sanitisers. Gone. Disinfectant soap. Gone. Toilet & tissue paper… https://t.co/a1jBLLyXv7— Maree Ma (@Maree Ma)1583219622.0
The toilet roll sold in Australia is made locally...
The women behind me at the Aldi check out #toiletpaper #coronavirusaustralia https://t.co/XnenmvnQaR— Sonia G (@Sonia G)1583227796.0
This is causing a nation-wide panic...
Not a single roll of toilet paper in Bondi. Seriously, Australia. https://t.co/AhsR5a1AT8— Carly Adno (@Carly Adno)1583295047.0
Perth resident, Justine Bowers, came across the most heartbreaking thing recently when doing her grocery shop...
via: FacebookShe stumbled across an elderly man desperately looking for toilet rolls amongst the empty shelves.
Here is the heartbreaking picture...
via: Facebook"This absolutely broke my heart seeing this old man grabbing tissues because there was no toilet paper left!" Justine wrote on Facebook. "I offered him the very few toilet rolls that I had as I couldn't bear to see him go without! Pull your f****** head in people and stop panic buying toilet paper!!! And shame on all the people who have been buying in bulk because it's affecting so many people who aren't fortunate enough to do so!"
via: TwitterAnd it truly outlines how this manic bulk buying is terribly affecting those who are less fortunate.
Sadly, it's not just a one-off case of selfishness.
Are you going to wait until the vulnerable start dropping in the streets from hunger? End panic-buying hoarding and… https://t.co/u01c46MfpV— George Galloway (@George Galloway)1584703489.0
Shoppers continue to hoard unnecessarily during the pandemic.
BBCNewsnight: RT BBCBreakfast: 💔 A message from Dawn Bilbrough. She's a critical care nurse who couldn't do her sho… https://t.co/p9QWC6h8j3— Tim Wirges (@Tim Wirges)1584700395.0
News journalist, Seb Costello. posted the image to Twitter.According to him, the woman was in tears. He wrote: 'This captures who is suffering from the me-first, unnecessary, trend of panic buying."
Where's the humanity?
Make the best of #QuarantineLife, but don't hoard. This is what happens when you hoard. The elderly staring at th… https://t.co/3of0o6Rv0t— Matthew VanDyke (@Matthew VanDyke)1584646264.0
Matthew Swindells, Coles Chief Operations Officer had this to say...
"This panic-buying is unacceptable. Australia is a country that produces enough food for 75 million people and we'r… https://t.co/jtQGBgG53s— News Breakfast (@News Breakfast)1584649728.0
Twitter users have been slamming hoarders for buying in bulk.
There is enough food to go round if we don't buy it all at once. Supermarkets won't stop existing. Food chains will… https://t.co/jwLTssYOxk— Matt Haig (@Matt Haig)1584698170.0
While another wrote: "I am so disappointed with our country at the moment, especially our blatant disregard for our senior citizens."
Australia produces enough food for 3 times its population!But despite these figures, Australia is now struggling due to people stocking up during the outbreak.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison begged Australians to "stop hoarding."Supermarket stores will remain open throughout it all, so there's no need to stock up. He said: "I can't be more blunt about it. Stop it. It's ridiculous. It's un-Australian, and it must stop. It is not sensible and it is not helpful."
Mr. Morrison continued...
An important update explaining how all Australians can work together to respond to the coronavirus. https://t.co/voOc8BMxn8— Greg Hunt (@Greg Hunt)1584679131.0
"It has been one of the most disappointing things I have seen in Australian behaviour in response to this crisis. That is not who we are as a people. It is not necessary. There is no reason for people to be hoarding supplies in fear of a lockdown or anything like this. It is not something that people should be doing."
On Wednesday Coles introduced a dedicated shopping hour for the elderly and vulnerable.
"Even though it was just for 1 hour, it gave us a chance to slowly do our shop." Australia has given the elderly a… https://t.co/Wfh9bNYFMc— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Bloomberg Quicktake)1584448008.0
Coles has implemented this to ensure everyone gets what they need.
'Elderly hour.' Australia's elderly and disabled have been let in early to supermarkets to ensure they can buy ess… https://t.co/GHjKkJ8kf0— AFP News Agency (@AFP News Agency)1584427962.0
They said: "Once this hour is complete, all other customers will be invited through the doors to complete their grocery shop. Supermarkets will also close no later than 8 pm to give our team members the time and space to extensively clean our stores and replenish the shelves for customers the next day."