Spike in Covid-19 infections prompting second wave of panic buying

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A spike in Covid-19 infections is prompting a second wave of panic buying across the country.

“I’ve heard some things about the potential coming of paper products, toilet paper, paper towels being in short supply again” said Blaise Calandro of Calandro’s Supermarket in Baton Rouge.

In Baton Rouge, Calandro’s is seeing people buy more than usual, but nothing compared to what we are seeing in other states.

“I think we’re probably going to be one of the last places where it ends up dwindling on the shelves here based on what we saw in March” said Calandro.

By late March, people left shelves bare, hoarding cleaning supplies fearing a long lockdown and the unknown ahead.

“I understand the panic surrounding the pandemic and like running out of resources but I think you should just keep others in mind” said Darby Campbell.

People say, panic buying is excessive especially for items like toilet paper.

“Toilet paper, that’s inexcusable. I don’t know what we’re doing with toilet paper, it’s a respiratory disease” said Jack Krecidlo

“We know more about it now and we’re all better adjusted to the conditions that we are living in so hopefully everyone won’t freak out like the first time because that was like, so unprecedented that I think like everyone panicked” said Campbell.

People say, they hope it doesn’t come to this, again.

“My one suggestion is like don’t do that. Take what you need” said Krecidlo.

“If things get crazy again like they did before I can tell you. I can have three warehouses as big as what I have and I wouldn’t be able to keep up with it at the beginning” said Calandro.

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