Should we stockpile food again due to COVID-19 surge?

With many states reporting a COVID-19 surge, should we stockpile food and supplies again?

As USA Today reports, many Americans have already begun to stock up on food and groceries. With COVID-19 cases going up again, people are predicting another shutdown or, at the very least, a high demand in supplies that will once again cause a shortage.

The upcoming election isn’t providing anyone with any relief. On the contrary, we’re all anxious. Needless to say, no matter the election outcome, things won’t be pretty or peaceful for a while. But will stocking up on supplies do us more harm than good?

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The source shares that grocery stores across the nation are already struggling to keep shelves stocked, and we all remember what happened last time. As a matter of fact, most of us are still struggling with finding items, such as disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer.

What is the best action to take when it comes to food and supplies?

The source’s advice is to buy what you need, but no more. Running out of materials doesn’t help anyone. Of course, telling people not to panic is easier said than done.

Groceries you should always have plenty of include can goods and frozen meals that last a few weeks and are easy to prepare at home. Water is also a priority, as well as toilet paper, soap, and hand sanitizer. I think after the first wave, we have all learned it’s best to always keep a good amount of emergency supplies available.

What is at the top of your needs list when it comes to stockpiling groceries? As always, it’s always best to keep an eye out for what the CDC is reporting instead of the panic on social media.