WITH panic buying leaving shelves bare in Stirling, MP Alyn Smith has called for calm and urged people to “buy sensibly” as the coronavirus outbreak continues to worsen.
In a statement MP Alyn Smith said:
“It is expected that there will be a significant rise in the number of people affected by this virus. So far, many people seem to be doing the right thing: self-isolating when they have symptoms and washing hands more regularly.
“A pattern of behaviour that we’ve seen across the world is that of panic buying goods where the virus has had an impact, and this seems to be filtering into the Stirling area too.
“My advice is to buy sensibly and only what you need. We are not at a stage where the supply of goods is being severely affected by the outbreak.
“The best anyone can do to ensure that they are prepared for any possible infection is to familiarise themselves with the advice set out on the nhsinform.scot website – or to seek the advice of their GP or NHS24 over the phone if they have symptoms.”
Tesco is among a number of supermarkets to introduce restrictions on certain products such as anti bacterial gels, wipes and sprays, dry pasta, UHT milk and some tinned vegetables.
The MP’s statement follows a joint call with MSP Bruce Crawford last week for people to remain calm but take precautions.
Mr Smith advised people to follow NHS advice saying:
“There are a number of measures that people can take in order to significantly reduce the chances of catching the virus, all of which are generally good practice in maintaining hygiene. What’s important is not to panic, but rather take the precautionary steps set out by health professionals.”
Mr Crawford echoed these comments and praised the work of the NHS, saying:
“I’d like to commend the work of our health professionals who have had to put in extra effort to ensure that all that can be done is being done to reduce the spread of the virus in the country.
On Tuesday the number of infected in the UK continued to rise with 52 new cases, bringing the total count to 373. Scotland saw an increase of four new cases, bringing the overall number to 27. The death toll for the UK has risen to six.
Anyone with symptoms who have come into contact with confirmed cases or have been to areas abroad affected by the virus should self-isolate and call NHS 111 for further guidance.