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Australia COVID-19 panic buying may lead to a ventolin shortage in Australia

07:17  18 march  2020
07:17  18 march  2020 Source:   honey.nine.com.au

Coronavirus sees pharmacies run out of critical medication, endangering the lives of people with chronic illnesses

  Coronavirus sees pharmacies run out of critical medication, endangering the lives of people with chronic illnesses Concern about COVID-19 has seen hoarding move beyond toilet paper and hand sanitiser to medications, and that is posing a danger for people with chronic illnesses like asthma and diabetes.Because they both already have a respiratory illness, they are at greater risk if they contract coronavirus.

The trend seemed to kick off in Australia , with scenes of panic -purchases of toilet paper descending into heated arguments and fistfights. Concern over toilet paper – which, on the whole, seems not to be of particular use in defending against (or treating) Covid - 19 – then spread worldwide.

74 coronavirus ( COVID - 19 ) cases including 3 deaths in australia . I was just watching in the news about people who are panic buying Hindi lang dito sa Australia nag papanic buying ang mga tao kundi sa iba ibang bansa na din na naaapektuhan nang CORONAVIRUS ( COVID - 19 ).

a close up of a hand holding a cup: Australia is at risk of a fatal thunderstorm asthma event and allergic attacks due to the effects of climate change. © 9News Australia is at risk of a fatal thunderstorm asthma event and allergic attacks due to the effects of climate change. Around 2.7 million Australians suffer from mild to severe asthma, and as panic buying sweeps the shelves of supermarkets across the country, now an absence of Ventolin, the main medicine used to relieve the disease, has followed suit.

Concerned parents and individuals with the condition have expressed difficulty in obtaining the medication responsible, with pharmacies expressing low stock amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Pharmacies across the country are reportedly limiting the sale of the over-the-counter medicine to 1-2 per customer, but many have simply run out, with some professionals demanding scripts to avoid hoarding.

Coles takes out full page newspaper ads over toilet roll buying

  Coles takes out full page newspaper ads over toilet roll buying Coles has taken out full-page newspaper advertisements announcing a limit on toilet paper, following panic-buying that has triggered ugly disputes between shoppers. Supermarkets have begun imposing limits on the sale of loo roll after having their shelves stripped by hysterical shoppers.After it restricted every customer to four packs last week, Coles has used the ad to publicise its further limit to one pack per customer per store.

"As COVID - 19 has rapidly spread across regions, the outlook for the global economy has deteriorated significantly," analysts at Barclays © Getty COVID - 19 . Global rating agency Moody's Investors Service says it now seems certain that even if the virus is steadily contained, the outbreak will

"As COVID - 19 has rapidly spread across regions, the outlook for the global economy has deteriorated significantly," analysts at Barclays © Getty COVID - 19 . Global rating agency Moody's Investors Service says it now seems certain that even if the virus is steadily contained, the outbreak will

Social media has ignited with concerns, with users expressing their struggle to find Ventolin.

"I am asthmatic and was only allowed one Ventolin and there will be no more supplies until mid-April" wrote one user.

"Very cranky right now, for those who bought Ventolin because some n-- (no medical evidence or training just some twits suggestions and many have obviously taken as legitimate) as a treatment method for Covid-19 WELL DONE you've now compromised the health care of legitimate asthmatics who are not able to get their life-saving medication," wrote another.

a screenshot of a cell phone: Anger amid coronavirus panic-buying. © Facebook Anger amid coronavirus panic-buying. Kylie Kilroy, whose three-year-old grandson Dustin suffers from respiratory difficulties, expressed concerns over potential Ventolin shortages.

Coles will shut all stores at 8pm every night and employ an extra 5,000 staff to restock shelves amid the coronavirus pandemic

  Coles will shut all stores at 8pm every night and employ an extra 5,000 staff to restock shelves amid the coronavirus pandemic The supermarket will also follow Woolworths by allowing only the elderly and disabled to enter stores between 7am and 8am, starting on Wednesday. The company has temporarily suspended home deliveries - except for vulnerable customers - to focus on keeping stores stocked. Coles is also hiring 5,000 casual workers, including delivery drivers, as it deals with a massive surge in demand. CEO Steven Cain said: 'Coles is taking all possible steps to improve the level of stock on our shelves for the community.

It appears as though the latest spike in COVID - 19 patients in Ontario has triggered another round of panic buying , with residents rushing to the grocery store to stockpile on supplies such as toilet paper and canned gods.

"As COVID - 19 has rapidly spread across regions, the outlook for the global economy has deteriorated significantly," analysts at Barclays © Getty COVID - 19 . Global rating agency Moody's Investors Service says it now seems certain that even if the virus is steadily contained, the outbreak will

"I think its disgusting people are panic-buying what is essential medical supplies to someone's life," she said to 9Honey.

"When I heard about this potential shortage, Dustin was the first person who came across my mind," she added.

Dustin had caught  Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), an infection that attacks the respiratory tract when he was three-months-old and his lungs have since been compromised, with a heavy reliance on asthma medication.

In a conversation with her daughter-in-law, who lives in a remote area, Ms Kilroy highlighted the local GP had specifically siphoned off supplies to support Dustin in the event of a medical emergency.

a screenshot of a cell phone © Twitter "The chemist doctor said she would make sure ventolin was reserved for Dustin, as well as a nebulizer," Ms Kilroy said.

Greg Turnbull, Communications Director of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia explained while panic-buying is emptying the shelves of a number of pharamcies across the country, it does not reflect the amount of stock of ventolin available.

Woolworths cancels essentials packs for elderly

  Woolworths cancels essentials packs for elderly Woolworths says it will no longer be able to create an "essentials pack" for elderly customers struggling to buy supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic. The supermarket giant announced on Monday it intended to create the packs to assist older Australians in obtaining supplies, but tonight said it had been forced to backtrack."Unfortunately, due to the continued high demand, stock availability in our stores, and to avoid any disappointment, this is something that we will not be able to fulfil at this time," Woolworths said in a statement.

"As COVID - 19 has rapidly spread across regions, the outlook for the global economy has deteriorated significantly," analysts at Barclays © Getty COVID - 19 . Global rating agency Moody's Investors Service says it now seems certain that even if the virus is steadily contained, the outbreak will

And retailers are wrestling with labor shortages as workers worry about being exposed to the Scott Nash, CEO of MOM's Organic Market, which operates 19 stores in Virginia and Maryland area But he believes that the panic buying is going to wane. ‘’People can only fit so much in their stomachs and

"Basically there's a lot of people hoarding in a panic, but this is more harmful to local pharmacies, rather than the entire supply chain of medicines," he told 9Honey.

"It's important for people to be considerate and not deplete their local store shelves so that we all can access the necessary supplies from day-to-day."

Teresa Vella from Asthma Australia confirmed, "at this stage there's no risk of us running out."

"We strongly urge people to be considerate in their purchasing so that everyone can access what they need. Stockpiling medications is resulting in challenges for people to access a vital medication and is not recommended," Asthma Australia added in a statement.

According to Asthma Australia, while there is "no specific data as yet to determine if asthmatics are at a higher risk of contracting the virus", respiratory infections such as colds and viruses, of which COVIC-19 is classified, can be a common trigger for asthmatics.

a screenshot of a cell phone © https://www.health.gov.au/ The Department of Health's Medicine Shortages Information Initiative, a page designed to provide information about shortages of medical supplies in Australia listed "VENTOLIN NEBULES" as "limited availability" in their current supply across the country.

Bunnings cancel sausage sizzles due to COVID-19

  Bunnings cancel sausage sizzles due to COVID-19 Bunnings has announced its iconic sausage sizzles will be suspended as of tomorrow. Bunnings has announced its iconic sausage sizzles wil The sausage sizzles have been a part of the Bunnings identity for years, but due to difficulty finding volunteers and a supply shortage during the COVID-19 crisis, they will be stopped."We absolutely understand the important role these sausage sizzles play for thousands of local community groups and charities and that finding alternative fundraising opportunities at short notice isn't easy," Bunnings Managing Director Mike Schneider said.

People around the world are feverishly stockpiling toilet paper amid the COVID - 19 outbreak. International experts in psychology have The reports of toilet paper shortages have triggered a lot of memes on social media but fell short of answering the question as to what is behind buyers' behaviour.

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 ( COVID - 19 ) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

The expected supply date cites the 31st of August, 2020.

9Honey has reached out to the Department of Health for comment.

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