Food shortage scare stories; do not panic or be panicked – The Yorkshire Post says

OUR MESSAGE is a simple one today – do not panic, or be panicked, over scare stories, predominantly in the national media, about food shortages as supermarkets, and their suppliers, struggle due to the number of staff being required to self-isolate.

Graeme Bandeira's Be Kind cartoon at the start of the Covid pandemic.

It was images – some more misleading than others – of empty shelves that prompted a shopping frenzy at the outset of the Covid pandemic; one which left the elderly, isolated and vulnerable, as well as key workers, unable to buy essential items.

And, regrettably, history risks repeating itself until the Government – and retail industry – is far more assured with its messaging in order to detract the selfish minority whose over-reaction has the potential to disrupt the supply chain for others.

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What is clear, however, is that the lifting of lockdown freedoms on Monday has coincided with a significant breakdown in Government communications at a time when Covid infection rates are on the increase and when there’s consternation at the double-jabbed being expected to self-isolate in such unforeseen numbers.

Food stores and supermarkets are cautioning against panic buying.

At a time when there’s still anger at the cackhanded attempt by Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak to circumvent self-isolation rules after Health Secretary Sajid Javid’s positive test for Covid, it is inevitable, after such a difficult period in history, that public tensions will be so raw.

As such, it’s all the more reason – while the Government tries to get a grip of the current crisis – for the country’s responsible majority to exercise common sense and caution while also respecting others. The best approach, it’s also the only one at this moment in time.

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