Be kind, courteous to others

As schools, businesses, libraries and nonprofits call off events because of the coronavirus – and general concerns increase – local residents have shifted their attention to stocking up on essential supplies.

This, of course, is smart and – in essence – human nature. That said, though, we would like to take a moment to remind our fellow community members that calm must prevail and impulse buying and hoarding simply is not acceptable.

Of course, the concern and worry is legitimate. No one knows – scientists, doctors, government officials, etc. – what is going to happen and how severely COVID-19 is going to impact our lives in the short-term.

With precautions already in place, and social distancing, we likely could snuff out the progression of the virus quickly.

In the meantime, we must be smart and not panic. We need not spread misinformation, and we must be vigilant in washing our hands and not gathering in large crowds. These steps will lessen the likelihood of the spread of the coronavirus.

We also must be considerate when venturing out to the grocery or department store.

There is no need for one family to purchase carts full of toilet paper, hand sanitizer or cleaning supplies. We need to not be selfish and leave essential supplies – including food – for others, especially for our elderly and low-income neighbors.

We also need to be mindful of those with medical conditions who need supplies like rubbing alcohol, sterile wipes, bandages or other medical necessities. These are the people who truly need them.

Buy what you need, but nothing more. Our supply chain still is up and running, and more is on the way.

Stay safe, but not at a detriment to others.