On Sun, 22 Mar 2020 at 09:32:27, Chris McMillan
Post by Chris McMillan Post by Sid Nuncius
I take sensible precautions
He/She is an anti-social, panic-buying idiot.)
A "covidiot", as I've seen suggested as a new word.
There's actually a well-reasoned thread out there saying that it's _not_
necessarily panic-buying idiots: the food supply system is finely tuned,
just in time, based on known demand at times of year ("the store room is
the lorry trailer") - so that even just normal people just buying 5-10%
more than normal, plus a few deciding to lay in for 7-14 days _as
they've more or less been told to expect_, plus those now eating at home
rather than school/work/out, will disrupt the supply chain until it
recovers. The reported billion extra of food bought actually translates
to not that much extra per shop.
Of course, the chap who posted the thread has been jumped on roundly -
because people feel uneasy realizing that they all might be part of the
problem, rather than being able to blame just a few irresponsible
(And no, it isn't denying that the idiots exist.)
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