I have breaking news on how people are dealing with the coronavirus here in Salem! And it isn't fake news, though I have to admit it isn't real news either -- kind of in-between.
My research, using that word as loosely as possible, consisted of my usual Monday afternoon grocery shopping excursions to Trader Joes, the Fred Meyer on south Commercial, and LifeSource Natural Foods.
The only obvious sign of coronavirus frenzy was at Fred Meyer, where I observed some decidedly empty shelves in certain parts of the store. Notably... the toilet paper area.
It was shopped bare, aside from a few packages of what must have been the most expensive brand on the shelves. Hearing people say things like, "Wow, there's hardly anything left here," spurred me to throw two packages of Cottonelle into my cart, since being without toilet paper in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic struck me as worrisome.
Plus, Cottonelle says it is UltraComfortCare and features Cleaning Ripples, something I don't believe I've ever experienced from toilet paper.
Hey, being 71 I'm at a considerably greater risk should I get the coronavirus, compared to younger people. But at least I'll have those Cleaning Ripples!
Naturally I hadn't thought about where we'd keep the extra toilet paper. Which is why wives were invented.
When I got home from my Tai Chi class today I saw that Laurel had found a plastic container to store the Cottonelle in, along with some paper towels that I also thought would come in handy during a coronavirus outbreak (don't ask me why, because I don't know).
A couple of other largely empty shelves that caught my eye at Fred Meyer today were the bleach section and children's pain relievers.
Children, however, seem to be escaping the worse of the coronavirus, but I can understand why parents still would be concerned about having some medications on hand.
I got some adult cough medicine, just in case.
Hopefully the coronavirus will turn out to be less serious than I'm worried it might be. Years from now I'd be super happy to discover the container with the Cottonelle toilet paper in our attic storage area and think, "Why did we ever put this up there?"