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Going shopping for groceries or not?

Posted by Dennis on Monday, 16 March 2020, at 5:16 p.m.
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Being in the high risk category, I've been hunkering down for the last 2 weeks, especially since my last visit to my go-to grocery store was met by obviously sick staff openly coughing on customers up and down the aisles with no attempt to abate spreading whatever respiratory ailments they harbored. Of course, both influenza and CoVid are spread by people with no symptoms--flu being shed by infected persons most actively after they have recovered and are still carrying the virus. Coronavirus, unfortunately for us, particulary my age group, is 10 - 35 times more deadly than flu, and no relevant testing is being done on the island to determine how far or fast the virus is spreading. Understandably, it's important to balance human lives with tourism, er, or is it?

Anyway, my question is that because I've been hunkering down I have no idea how conditions are at my go-to shopping venues, Safeway and Walmart. Has anyone been to these stores within the last 3 days and, if so, are there crowds, are the shelves stocked--in particular, fresh meat, poultry, and produce at Safeway?

On my last visit to town 2 weeks ago, disinfectant, sopa, and bleach were completely sold out. Fortunately, we have a few alternatives such as germicidal soap and antibacterial toilets in the EMT kit I bought a few years ago (a "must" item for anyone living here), though it would have been nice to pick up a bottle of hand sanitizer.

Obviously, crowds are to be avoided, not just by high-risk individuals like me, but everyone. This virus sheds infection from clueless infected people with no symptoms at a 10x rate than the flu. It also mutates and recombines 30 times faster than the flu and 3 times faster than SARS, not a pleasant thought.

If anyone here has been to Walmart and/or Safeway in the last 3 days, an update on crowd and shelf conditions would be a great service not only to me but also to the community.

We're in this together one way or another.


   Δ Safeway Shopping on 3-15-2020
    Janna L -- Monday, 16 March 2020, at 5:32 p.m.
   Δ Shopping
    Ellen M -- Tuesday, 17 March 2020, at 9:17 a.m.
   Δ Food Shopping 3/17
    Mary Ellen J -- Tuesday, 17 March 2020, at 10:30 a.m.
   Δ Shopping
    Matt 3 -- Thursday, 19 March 2020, at 1:19 a.m.
   Δ Costco - 03/18/20
    Mark S2 -- Thursday, 19 March 2020, at 2:03 a.m.
   Δ Costco
    Mary P -- Thursday, 19 March 2020, at 8:19 a.m.

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