It’s difficult, but not impossible, to find paper toiletries right now in the upper Fraser Valley.
Social media has been filled with memes, complaints and disbelief over what seems to be a local hoarding issue. The items in the hottest demand are toilet paper, paper towel, and hand sanitizer, as people get ready to potentially hunker down in isolation due to the novel coronavirus.
It’s unclear why those particular products are the ones people are snapping up. The emerging virus, which was declared a pandemic on March 11 by the World Health Organization, is a respiratory infection with a dry cough. It is not a flu virus, and therefore does not cause gastrointestinal symptoms.
Further, health officials have repeatedly said that regular and proper hand washing with warm soap and water is suffice to kill the virus.
Black Press reporters in the Fraser Valley have been keeping an eye on the supply and demand of toilet paper in particular, to see if this trend is all talk, or really taking place.
Most stores were definitely depleted, some entirely. But with a little scouting, it didn’t take long to find a few places where those in need could turn. In short, walk, don’t run, to get your next few rolls.
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