A line of customers extended through the Costco parking lot on Monocacy Boulevard in Frederick on Saturday before the 9:30 a.m. opening time.

Once the doors were open and customers filed inside, more and more people got in line, having to walk the length of the store to get to the end of it.

A security guard came outside and reminded people that the store was completely out of toilet paper and paper towels.

Tory Detweiler wasn’t even going to the wholesale club to stock up. She just needed a few items.

“I can’t believe this,” she said. “It’s crazy.”

Many stores throughout Frederick and the state are overwhelmed as the threat of the coronavirus spreading in Maryland increases. In the face of uncertainty and a recommendation to stay home as long as possible, people are stocking up – but it’s different than pre-blizzard shopping. People don’t know how long they could be quaratined in their own homes should there come a time when they might be required to do so.

Others are already practicing social distancing and trying their best to self-quarantine, like Denise Prosnick, a teacher. Both she and her child will not have to go to school for the next two weeks, as all Maryland public schools were ordered to close, and her husband can telecommute. So the family plans on staying inside as much as possible.

Still, Prosnick, who was shopping at Common Market on Buckeystown Pike early Saturday morning, said that she’s not panicked. She hopes people can stay calm.

“I think we should be mindful, but I don’t think we should be panicked,” she said.

Shannon Aleshire, chief executive officer of the Frederick County Mental Health Association, said that the coronavirus, and the way it’s been discussed in the 24-hour news cycle, can naturally lead to feelings of anxiety.

“I think it can heighten anyone’s anxiety, especially those that are hearing that they’re in the high risk groups, or people who aren’t getting their information from reliable and accurate sources,” Aleshire said.

While she’s staying informed, Imani White said that the uncertainty around the virus has been making her want to prepare. She went to the Common Market to buy peanut butter, vitamins and bottled water.

“Just in case, since we don’t know what’s going to happen,” she said.

She works at a gym and said that the whole staff has been more vigilant than usual about wiping down the equipment.

“Being prepared, that’s the best thing we can do at this point,” she said.

Karen Yuschak, who was also shopping at Common Market, wore disposable gloves to the store. She was stocking up on a few items and getting things for friends who couldn’t find household staples anywhere.

Yuschak works in a medical office with people who have respiratory issues, so her main concern is spreading the virus to others. She’s been taking a list of precautions, from wiping down her belongings with a bleach and water mixture to leaving her shoes outside when she comes into her house.

She said that she’s been reading and watching a lot about the virus in the last few days.

Aleshire recommends limiting news consumption, stick to reputable sources like the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization and to not dedicate all day to watching the news, especially when people are stuck inside.

“If they’re spending every waking hour or the majority of their time digesting news and social media regarding the coronavirus, it’s kind of a self perpetuating cycle and it definitely can make you more anxious,” Aleshire said.

The availability of food and household items isn’t the only thing worrying some people. Don and Cindy Veals, who went to Costco because they happened to need dog food, said that they are also concerned for their son in college, who isn’t sure what the rest of his spring semester will look like.

Additionally, they’re concerned about their small contracting business, which has not yet been affected, but could be in the future.

“It’s not like you can work from home,” Don Veals said.

Other people aren’t particularly worried. Eric Linderman was going to Costco to get steaks. He said he isn’t concerned about the virus.

“I think it’s a little overblown,” he said. “I mean, I don’t want to get sick, but it doesn’t seem to affect people in good health.”

He said he wouldn’t want his grandmother to get it – but then again, he can’t see her anyway, since all nursing homes have barred visitors.

Aleshire said that the most important things to do are to follow all guidance by healthcare officials, refrain from panicking and to take care of yourself.

“It’s finding that balance, we need to take time for self care, we need to make sure that we’re eating right, we’re getting enough sleep, we’re exercising, we’re practicing mindfulness,” Aleshire said. “All of those things that keep you healthy every day are going to help keep you healthy now too.”

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(118) comments

jayel86

People's reactions to this, (hoarding food and supplies) is scarier then the virus itself. It's scary to think what some of you people will be doing when a deadly outbreak that affects all ages occurs. No one will be calm and able to handle the situation, that's for sure.

Alice Jones

That action will certainly appeal to the nationalistic, maga crowd.

Alice Jones

BERLIN — The Trump administration attempted to persuade a German firm developing a possible vaccine for coronavirus to move its research work to the United States, German officials said, raising fears in Berlin that President Trump was trying to assure that any inoculation would be available first, and perhaps exclusively, in the United States.

des21

Which is good right Sam? It's what you and the media have been clamoring for. Are you now a German nationalist? That would explain a lot.

The Grape of Wrath

I didn't know the Democrats were capable of creating such a widespread and effective hoax. They certainly can't get their own voters out as thoroughly as they can get people to run and grab the TP, even before they get the runs. Gotta give them credit. Why, the Democratic hoaxters are so effective one would think there is a worldwide pandemic in progress out there.

Tanstaafl

Sorry FCPS, but "hoaxing" and spreading misinformation, creating distractions to cover

wrongdoing, destroying ballots, etc. was perfected by your sainted Repubs esp since 2000. A very successful strategy led by saint Karl Rove, and all the other profiteering henchmen governing that party. The election will not be decided by vote but by the financial interests who are unwilling to lose what they have. Starting with our Koch Brothers and follow the money on down the line. Americsn Democracy may be too damaged to continue. Already the safety of profits for big firms is in the works. Does anyone believe there will be any help to citizens for food, health care, mortgages, needed utilities, etc. In 2008 the financial firms who caused that dilly, were bailed out with no loss of profits abd bonuses. Citizens lost homes, pensions, and no help from

our "elected" officials. There is big money to be made, and the Repubs, lead by McConnell will lead the way.

Kittye Whitbeck

I guess the joke's on you Tanstaffl..

The Grape of Wrath

Stores are doing the wrong thing by restricting hours. They need to open 24/7 but not let anyone in except staff to receive deliveries, stock shelves, pack and distribute orders to people who (a) order online for a set time pickup or (b) drive by to drop an order off and then return at a set time to pick it up. Limit quantities. By regulating the outflow to match the inflow there will always be the normal supply of staples and luxuries available. Hoarders will be stopped and will soon learn there is no need to hoard anything. Right now, as soon as one store limits hours all the shoppers swarm to another and overwhelm it. Then they start sleeping outside the stores like iFools did. Stores need to establish order because the public is incapable of self regulation. Remember the idiots of the 1970s who topped up their tank every day.

Tanstaafl

Good suggestions!

phydeaux994

And as a bonus, we all now know the names of all the Uber rich CEO’s of the Retail Industry. Except Jeff Bezos of course.

awteam2000

Feb 28 (at a rally in SC said): Trump, “They tried the impeachment hoax. That was on a perfect conversation. They tried anything. They tried it over & over. They’d been doing it since you got in. It’s all turning. They lost. It’s all turning. Think of it. & this is their new hoax.”

March 15 ( in a tweet):Trump, “So now it is reported that, after destroying his life & the life of his wonderful family (and many others also), the FBI, working in conjunction with the Justice Department, has “lost” the records of General Michael Flynn. How convenient. I am strongly considering a Full Pardon!”

Later, celebrating the ‘fed’ dropping the interest rate to 0.25, with no comment on addressing human cost from the Coronavirus.

Wrong, selfish, arrogant priorities - - -

Alice Jones

Settle down, AW. Let's wait for Mr. Horn's snope research.

The Grape of Wrath

Americans < Rich worry the Dotard not.

threecents

I hope all you Trumpsters remember that Trump called the hype over Covid-19 a liberal media hoax, but a week later he declared it a national emergency. I also hope you remember that in 2015 he said he never had a flu shot and suggested that the flu vaccine causes the flu. I hope you also know that for years - and even as president - he has been a huge supporter of the leaders of the worldwide anti-vaccine movement, but suddenly he wants a vaccine ready to go within a few months, even though he has been told over and over that it will take over a year to test a vaccine to determine safety and efficacy before it can be given on a large scale. A lot of people are currently working on Covid-19 vaccines, but there is no guarantee that any of them will be successful. Even Pence has gotta be thinking, "Oh Lord, I'm SMH" every time Trump says something about Covid-19.

Alice Jones

“Relax, we’re doing great,” Trump said in the White House briefing room. “It all will pass.”

The Grape of Wrath

The so-called president was correct. "We" refers to itself and its friends.

des21

Do you think it will not pass? H1N1- 12,000 Americans die- remember how the media blamed the death toll and the mismanagement on the Obama administration? Neither do I. They said, essentially, this too shall pass and people said, yea, he's right.

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jayel86

Please tell me you don't really work for FCPS. You have no self-control.

vodalone

The same people now saying that this is some media hype job are the same ones whose kids in a few years will be crying in front of cameras on news shows how the government didn't protect their parents and now they're dead from the virus. When you see sporting events, concerts, festivals, etc. around the world being cancelled and businesses set to lose billions if not trillions of dollars, it's obviously not just about money.

We as individuals have been left too long to our own selfish desires, events like this should remind us we are all a collective on this planet and have to be responsible to each other especially when lives are concerned. It's not a left or right thing, it's a humanity thing.

jayel86

Bunch of scaredy cats.

phydeaux994

🙀🙀🙀🙀

jayel86

I don't think the government really understand much about health considering how little its people do. Closing shops and sporting events does not mean every one's going to die. Do a little research and maybe?

The Grape of Wrath

All the people who do know have been fired, muzzled or transferred to Kansas. Or resigned.

vodalone

If these business owners believed what the president is saying about the virus they wouldn’t shut down their leagues and lose tons of money. Everyone won’t die, you’re right, but obviously the president is stupidly downplaying this crisis. Listen to Dr. Fauci and not Trump.

phydeaux994

The idea behind closing shops and canceling sporting events is to keep so many from dying. A little research would have told you that.

jayel86

Not really. It's not the epidemic the media makes it out to be. Only elderly and those with lung illnesses, or newborn infants are at risk, which do not make up the majority at sporting events. And by research, I meant research into the virus itself. Not what the White House or news media is claiming.

dancing donna

Good point. We are all brothers and sisters. That is why hate, judgement, prejudice, and selfishness have no place in our human race. I was at Costco the other day and people were smiling and being kind. I am this way bc I love people and I am a social person. It was nice to see people care and realize, whether it is post 9/11, or pandemic, that we should all remember what is important in life. LIFE! Love. This is why were created in the first place. To love and show the depth of God's love to others.

ecco123

The US is suppose to be the richest Country in the world, why are we lacking anything?

Russian

Dr. Fauci doesn't rule out 'worst case scenario' potential of 1.7 million U.S. deaths from coronavirus as nation's top immunologist admits it will take MONTHS for U.S. to get 'back to normal' after outbreak

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jakereed

I see hate speech is alive and well. I'll bet you even see yourself as one of the good guys eh? LOL.

jakereed

Nearly all toilet paper is manufactured in the US and there's no reason to think that it's going to run out. People are crazy. Makes more sense to worry about the fact that we're almost completely dependent on China for pharmaceuticals.

The Grape of Wrath

What's wrong with being dependent on China (or anybody else) for anything? We're dependent on the Saudis for oil and have been for decades. All that pollution is over there, not here. We're dependent on Africa for cocoa and have been for decades. We're dependent on cobalt from Africa and on lithium from Chile and Australia to run our electric cars and cell phones.

jayel86

Because if America is such a great super power, then we shouldn't be dependant on everything from every one else. It makes it look like we're a bunch of dummies that can't tie their, let alone make them.

jayel86

their own shoes that is.

mgoose806

That is correct..all the toilet tissue and paper towels are produced in USA. It is purely economic. They are high cube products meaning they are very little sell units take up a lot of space on truck etc. It is not worth the shipping cost to get from China. Same with bottled water, very heavy and retails very low. Cost more to ship bottle then to produce it. Neither one of these commodities will be running out anytime soon. Also in the case of toilet tissue and paper towels...it is not "expanded" consumption. Meaning because you have more...you use more.

thump1202

I'm cognizant of the disease and its risks, but I'm not worried and I'm certainly not walking around with goggle and a face mask on. Fact is the death rate below 50 worldwide is 0.1%, so me and my family are going to be fine. This has proven to be a disease that the elderly need to take more severe care with, us young people should go about our lives.

Alice Jones

And are you cognizant of the transmission rate? "So me and my family are going to be fine'. For your kids sake, I hope so. What a great philosophy you have.

thump1202

Yes, I am.

The Grape of Wrath

Overall world death rate is running about 3.5%, but that includes neither cases nor deaths not reported. You can help keep it in that range by limiting movement and not panic buying, which makes people more more in search of unneeded stuff.

thump1202

And the vast majority of that percent are people over 50. As someone who's younger, why should I be as concerned as old lefties?

The Grape of Wrath

Because most old codgers are wingnuts. Have you ever looked at the crowd attending one of President Dotard's rallies?

awteam2000

thump 1202, You do realize even though you’re less likely to die if you become ill, you run the risk of permanent scarred tissue in the lungs making you or your children more vulnerable to respiratory issues in the future. Right?

threecents

Thump, Are you parents and in-laws still alive? (Rhetorical question)

phydeaux994

thump1202, a true DJ Trump acolyte. “It’s all about me”.

thump1202

Being a young person who doesn't care about their elders is a more Bernie Bro stand on things, but ok boomers. I'm not worried about my family, for my parents, they're already set up with modern technology to stay in touch without being physically present. You alarmist commies don't bother me at all. I'm glad to be an independent and not part of your hysteria mob.

jayel86

Thank you, finally some one with half a brain when it comes to this. If you have a functioning immune system, just like with any virus, you'll be fine. New borns, elderly and those with preexisting conditions are the only groups in any danger.

The Grape of Wrath

How about volunteering for infection and showing us? Lead by example, not by words.

jayel86

You're the one that can't seem to pry themselves away from the computer screen, perhaps your time could be used more wisely.

Alice Jones

Man up and volunteer, jay. Oh, too busy playing dr do-little.

jayel86

Again, please tell me you don't really work for FCPS

jayel86

And if so which school so I can ensure my child never goes there

Alice Jones

You have kids? Fine lessons you must provide.

Alice Jones

Jay lectures people about staying online all day. Thump tells us we are buying into the hysteria. Yet both continue to demonstrate their complete lack of self control by continuously posting. That's the best.

sevenstones1000

And to heck with the people over 50. Me and my family OK, you can die.

thump1202

No, you need to take precautions that I don't. I'm not walking on egg shells for the sake of old white leftists, sorry.

jayel86

Hey Alice I'd rather be like a multi-billionaire man in office then an angry woman online any day. Thanks for the compliment. :p

tjruppel

The World Health Organization reports that the overall mortality rate is 3.4% not 0.1%. Normal seasonal flu has a mortality rate of approximately 0.5% so your numbers are way off. Based on Dr. Anthomny Faucci's estimate that between 70 and 150 million US Citizens will get this disease, that means that between 2.3 and 5.1 million Americans will die in our country from this disease this year. That is significantly more impactful than you suggest and I bet he has more data upon which to base his opinion.

dancing donna

No doubt it is here in Frederick Co. We can not rely on the fact that no positive cases have yet been publicized. People probably have it and don't know it. As of a couple days ago, you could walk into Urgent Care with symptoms of the virus and not offered testing bc that person had not recently traveled abroad or exposed to someone who tested positive. It is now community acquired bc we continued allowing international travel and cruise travel. Those travelers moved the virus from China to most parts of the world now. We know little about transmission in asymptomatic people. We will only understand this best when it is over.

jayel86

Its no worse then a common cold at this point. This is media hype at its best. There will be no epidemic, people just need to shut the tv off.

Dwasserba

There won't be if all goes right. If you're under 60 and healthy, stay away from those who are not.

jayel86

More like 80 and up.

jayel86

In a few weeks they will praising top health officials for preventing the spread of such a deadly virus, when their was no threat to begin with. Its like watching a B movie and knowing all the plot twists from the very beginning.

jayel86

Considering hospitals are not full of it, and I don't know any one who has it this is not a pandemic as I've been saying all along. You'd see it if it was. This is called the media making people look dumb to get ratings and make a political statement

The Grape of Wrath

Actually the media is simply reporting facts. X cases here, Y cases there, Z deaths here and there. Media is accurately reporting press release content from organizations like the CDC. It is the public that is translating these objective statements of fact into irrational behavior. You don't need the media to make people look dumb. They can do it all by themselves.

jayel86

The media is reporting "facts" with their slant on the issue. Retailers are loving this. Bring on more viruses!

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jayel86

I thought the FNP deleted childish responses? lol

Alice Jones

if the the shoe fits.

Alice Jones

hows the basement?

lewisantq

If we don't flatten the curve, at the recent daily rate of increase in deaths reported by the CDC, the U.S death total will go from 97 on 3/18 to 579 on 3/25 to 3,456 on 4/1 to 20,630 on 4/8. Sounds like a pandemic to me. Bob Lewis

mr_twist27

2 years worth of toilet paper will help cure the coronavirus....

thump1202

Yes, wiping your butt with paper will surely end all risk of the virus. God forbid you get a bidet, it's guaranteed slaughter for these people.

Arbit

Lol

steelersfan2005

have any cases been confirmed in Frederick County? If not, then people need to calm down. I am waiting for the first death due to fighting over toilet paper.

Arbit

I don’t understand why everyone is hoarding toilet paper

tatt2ed

Arbit.... Because when 1 persons sneezes, everyone else loses their s**t.

threecents

First thing we run out of in the apocalypse.

threecents

After Nestle Crunch Bars.

steelersfan2005

[rolleyes]

Frayou

It has been reported the virus is not affecting regular warehouse deliveries. Unfortunately, people over reacting buying excessive amounts is leading to stores Shortages of goods. Calm down. Excessive media reporting is contributing to conditions. News Media outlets are reporting same virus storyline each half/hour. Turn off the news.

The Grape of Wrath

Actually the media is simply reporting facts. X cases here, Y cases there, Z deaths here and there. Media is accurately reporting press release content from organizations like the CDC. It is the public that is translating these objective statements of fact into irrational behavior.

sue1955

Non-perishable meaning no refrigeration is needed and it has a long shelf life.

CapitanoZanetti

Why would the power grid go out ?

And even in Wuhan tap water never ran out.

The question remains what is the point of buying bottled water and non perishable food items ?

Dwasserba

You don't drink tap water in Wuhan.

threecents

You cannot get the virus from tap water, thought you could potentially catch it from a water fountain if your lips touch the fountain.

jayel86

The power grid might catch the virus and quarantine itself ;D

sue1955

Capitano, I'm not saying that the power grid is going out. I simply explained the characteristics of peanut butter as to why it is a standard product in households in case of weather events, etc. It can be and is used as a high-protein source. And, given no meat currently in stores (depending on the store, of course), pb may be used to substitute. Don't twist my explanation into something it is not.

jayel86

Omg this is getting so dumb.

Alice Jones

and you are the leader, jay. it's like you are a cellar dweller that plays video games all day in your parents basement.

The Grape of Wrath

Research reveals that in 1918, national consumption of fresh corn began to increase dramatically in March, reaching nearly 500 ears per person per month by October. Farmers had not anticipated such a rush and had not planted enough sweet corn, so people eager to grab every last cob bought tough, animal feed corn instead.

The Grape of Wrath

A woman in Australia bought 2,300 rolls of toilet paper last month. Let's see how many of these Frederick Countians can beat that.

The Grape of Wrath

I would like to know what logic makes one conclude that buying peanut butter, vitamins and bottled water constitutes preparation for a viral infection. Like, is the virus supposed to get stuck to the peanut butter instead of lung tissue? Is that what they've been told? Is bottled water (which lacks fluoride) supposed to hydrate better than tap water? Is the virus supposed to recoil off a vitamin A molecule and die instead of attaching itself to a cell? Just what quackery makes people believe they should go stand in a line of hundreds, increasing infection likelihood, to buy peanut butter, bottled water and vitamins?

sue1955

Peanut butter is a low-cost, high protein item that is non-perishable. It is something that is always recommended to have in the house in case of weather issues like blizzards and electrical outages. And now, with grocery store(s) not having any meat available, pb is a viable purchase (as along as it is in stock).

The Grape of Wrath

Actually with darned few exceptions commercial peanut butter is stuffed with sugar, palm oil, salt and other additives that make it a very poor choice for human consumption. Why on earth would you choose to obtain the benefits of peanuts through peanut butter?? Eat a few peanuts instead. Feed commercial peanut butter to hogs. And certainly don't waste your time standing in line for it. And don't expect any benefit for a coronavirus case.

sue1955

[sad][rolleyes]FCPS, you are taking my comments totally out of context. You are reactionary over nothing. And, "no," people are not necessarily stand in line to buy pb. It is typically in households in case of emergencies; e.g., blizzards, etc. Please be reasonable.

jayel86

I really hope that's a code name and you have nothing to do with fcps.

Alice Jones

And jay, I hope you have nothing to do with anything except video games and mountain dew. You seem pretty much useless except playing the fool.

threecents

Come the apocolypse FCPSP will wish he had peanut butter. It will be the most valuable commodity on the planet - next to toilet paper and bidets.

Greg F

I haven’t drank tap water in over 20 years. It tastes terrible around here and in some areas it has more contamonates than spring water I get instead.

thump1202

If you don't have a reverse osmosis system or want to incur the expense, I'd recommend a Big Berkey water purifier. You can run stream water through it and come out with healthy drinking water and the filters are good for 3000 gallons. There's also a arsenic and flouride add on filter available if you're on city water.

Dwasserba

The Zero system works for us for tapwater that has no taste.

The Grape of Wrath

Why would you want to filter out fluoride? And have you compared the arsenic levels in tap water with what these so-called filters can actually capture? Hahaha!

thump1202

Flouride isn't a miracle drug, it's industrial waste. Why would I want to expose myself or my kids to it?

The Grape of Wrath

You've been utterly suckered by capitalist baloney and hype. Can you identify the concentrations of chromium, lead and copper; of disinfectants like chlorine and haloacetic acid; of inorganic compounds like nitrates and arsenic, of radioactive contaminants like radon and beta emitters; of chlorform and bromoform in your bottled water? Of course you can't. You don't know what's in in, you don't even know where it came from. You think it comes from a spring? Hahaha! If it did it would be more dangerous than tap water by far.

jayel86

Fluoride is technically a toxin and if its in your toothpaste there is no need to be drinking it daily.

jayel86

It's a scientific fact. Flouride is toxic in high amounts to humans. But please, keep drinking it.

jayel86

I have a reverse osmosis system for that very reason.

Alice Jones

jay, you sound like this moron I know - bob z.

threecents

Jay, I think your brain has a reverse osmosis filter.

thump1202

Mainstream media convinced people that this is the end of humanity to keep people clicking and viewing.

Alice Jones

And here you are clicking and viewing.....too funny.

thump1202

And not believing a word that you say :)

jayel86

That and to pour money into retailers, we had no real snow storms here this year, so they needed this boost.

The Grape of Wrath

Looks like all the fools in FrCo are trying to maximize the chances of getting the virus by congregating by the hundreds around toilet paper dispensaries. They seem to be gobbling up toilet paper like a druggie gobbles up freshly cut pot or cocaine.

Dwasserba

It's something people feel they can control. It gives them a goal. Consequently they feel more secure. The older most folks get the less they react . You start to live with the idea you could die and mesure your response. I may have to eat a whole jar of peanut butter to live? Soooo your last memory of me is I'm bent over a jar of peanut butter shoving it in...yeah I dunno

threecents

Dang, don't eat it all at once. You can mix some chocolate in with it. It's delicious.

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