I just got back from shopping at Costco in Woodinville, WA. Washington state is one of the main areas affected by the Chinese Coronavirus. I went there to stock up on provisions as we are going to be self-isolating for the next month to prevent contracting the Chinese Coronavirus.
The parking lot was completely full at 1:45 PM Monday, March 2, 2020. I have never seen it this bad at Costco even Christmas. The staff had disinfectant wipes for members’ hands and for the shopping carts handles which was appreciated.
I was there primarily for water and dry goods. I was lucky to grab 3 cases of expensive alkaline smart water there and a few minutes later the pallet was empty. All of the Kirkland brand bottled has been sold out. All that is left now is expensive sparkling water. Hopefully, Costco will be replenishing supplies of normal water soon.
What was shocking was that the bread aisle was almost empty. I have never seen the bread aisle empty before.
Every cash register was open with 8-12 carts waiting in line. Most carts were completely full. The cashiers were all wearing surgical gloves.
I spoke with a long time employee at Costco. She told me that she has never seen anything like this and that this location has been swamped since Saturday. I expect this to get worse as news of more Chinese Coronavirus related deaths grows.
Stay safe everone!
Stay safe, brother!
Not to criticize, but – please…let’s all acknowledge that this is a naturally-arising coronavirus. It is of no national origin. If anything, we should feel sympathy for the people of Wuhan, China, and be grateful that they have provided us with a vast amount of information on the emergent threat from COVID-19, including quick dissemination of the genetic sequence of the virus so laboratories around the world could begin production of PCR tests for the virus, and to begin work on vaccines. Additionally, the clinical experience of treatments used on patients in China has been disseminated (US physicians have lauded their Chinese counterparts for their excellent care practices in treating those infected with COVID) – providing clinicians in the US with suggestions on the best standard of care practices.
This is not a “Chinese” virus any more than it is a “world virus”. Those in China did not ask to suffer this fateful disease first. Let’s use the names now accepted – “SARS-CoV2” for the virus and “COVID-19” for the infectious disease…or simply use the term “coronavirus” without attribution to any country.