The coronavirus is shaking the whole world and in its spread there is no difference whether you are rich or poor. This pandemic is a test of our humanity and in dark times we need to stick together, but it seems that some people still think of profit even in these difficult times.
In this challenging period for humanity it seems that Nature has benefited a lot, the sky is bluer and the air is significantly cleaner showing how much damage we are causing every day.
People in panic started hoarding things and food and some even post it on social media showing how proud they are, but that is not necessary, yet this was seen as an opportunity for profit. The prices of necessary items and products went astronomically so the people who really need it cannot afford them.
This behaviour has become common in every part of the world, especially when hand sanitizers and protective masks are concerned, but eBay and Amazon started an open war against “price gouging”.
The cleaning of supermarket shelves is a common sight in many countries in the world, and the officials are constantly sending the message that such massive hoarding is not necessary. Someone might have a need of that particular item and it would not be available in the markets.
The Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, was particularly disappointed regarding this issue, and because of that he addressed the nation:
“On bulk purchasing of supplies: Stop hoarding. I can’t be more blunt about it. Stop it.
It is not sensible, it is not helpful and it has been one of the most disappointing things I have seen in Australian behavior in response to this crisis.
That is not who we are as a people. It is not necessary. It is not something that people should be doing.”
This virus made us think of us as human beings making us wonder where did the humanity go.
Many people blame the social media for such behaviour of people as we have become only virtually connected through sending likes, comments and videos, without having conversations as real persons. It seems we have forgotten the real life and the empathy that we have for the other people as we are stuck to the blue screens inside our homes believing that is the reality.
The ongoing panic is supported by social media as well, because aside the true information there is also the fake ones. These days, social media actually contributes to panic among people, due to the easy access to information, both, real and fake.
We are living in a narcissistic society where displaying of our looks or belongings has become the most important thing. We must stop being selfish, and think only of our own needs. We should do our best to help the most vulnerable ones as that is what makes us human and believe me we need to be humane if we want to survive as species.
Hence, try not to panic, try to help the others, and when you go to the supermarket buy the things that you need for a certain period of time and thus help in preventing the increase of prices so that the other people who have less can buy those same products.