On the subject of "panic buying" If stores might ultimately close or have very limited operations it's really good idea to have food enough to last a couple weeks BEFORE that happens. If you wake up one morning and the local news says "All Retail Ordered To Close In 24hrs" you missed the ****ing boat. Have fun finding what you need. It's not panic buying to see that other countries have effectively shut down and plan ahead so that you're not caught with your pants down (and no TP). That's completely different than buying 1000 rolls of toilet paper. But having enough toilet paper to last for the rest of the month or maybe two is a great idea. Picking up additional canned goods, dry good and meat to freeze so that you're not going to go hungry if stores shut down for a couple weeks, that's a good idea. Of course if everyone is doing the same then yeah, shelves are going to empty. That doesn't mean everyone is panic buying. But if you're sitting on your *** laughing at all the idiots for stocking up (not stockpiling) you're gonna be the one paying off the hoarders when you're desperate for a can of beans.