COVID-19 preparedness: Stock up on food, toilet paper, but avoid panic buying, says Health Canada

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      Health Canada is advising people to “stock up on essentials but avoid panic buying” in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      “At this time, it makes sense to fill your cupboards with non-perishable food items, so that you do not need to go shopping if you become sick,” the federal agency says on its website.

      Health Canada states that good options are easy-to-prepare foods like dried pasta and sauce, prepared canned soups, and canned vegetables and beans.

      The agency also says that it’s a good idea to have “extra stores” of pet food, toilet paper, facial tissue, feminine hygiene products, and diapers.

      “The reason for stocking up on these items is not necessarily because you will need to self-isolate,” Health Canada says.

      Moreover, “Having these supplies on hand will ensure you do not need to leave your home at the peak of the outbreak or if you become ill.”

      People can “gradually build up their household stores instead of making large-scale purchases all at once”.

      According to Health Canada, that would be “easier on the supply chain”.

      “To do this, you can add a few extra items to your grocery cart every time you shop,” the agency says.