Schools are closed, stores are shutting down, and the American economy as a whole is facing a major crisis.
With the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 or better known as the coronavirus, people around the globe are hoarding supplies for the long haul of sheltering in place or also known as under quarantine. In the case of the U.S., food and basic human necessities such as toilet paper and soap were cleared off of shelves and into carts of many worried families, as the long dreaded weeks of isolation may not end until late April, early May or even longer, according to California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Last night, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) declared that schools will be closed till May 1st. Surrounding school districts promptly followed LAUSD’s lead, although nothing has been decided for Orange County schools including Santa Ana Unified School District.
Mass quarantines have not been this severe since the 1918-1919 Spanish-Flu pandemic which shook American society after the brutal catastrophe of World War I.
As of March 23, 2020, 125 cases have been confirmed in Orange County, thus social distancing and precautionary measures have been put into practice in order to limit the number of individuals who may carry the disease.
With this information in mind, the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organizations are recommending that people stay indoors, follow precautionary measures set by your government officials and practice social distancing if traveling outside to grab supplies. And if any symptoms arise, stay home and follow the directions of your local health authority.
Many stores and markets across the U.S., including local supermarket Stater Bros, have established a policy of only two of the same items per family. This allows for supply chains to catch up and shoppers can find what they need instead of finding empty shelves and long lines as the order of sheltering in place came down last weekend.
Below are snapshots Gazette journalists took during the week of March 12-19, 2020, as panic shopping hit it’s peak.