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Fear of new wave of covid-19 generates rush to supermarkets in the US

The second wave of infections by the new coronavirus in the United States added to the growing demand is putting pressure on the food supply in the country

The covid-19 and the presidential elections of the United States are stirring the spirits of the Americans. A possible new wave of infections already generates a race to supply personal supplies with essential supplies to return to quarantine and items such as toilet paper are missing in some places.

According to USA Today, a recent poll from Sports and Leisure Research Group says that at least half of Americans already have or plan to stock up on food and other essentials. The main reason would be fears of a resurgent pandemic, which could lead to disruptions, such as new restrictions on companies. On October 2, the number of COVID-19 cases in the USA was the highest in almost two months.

The survey showed that 52% of respondents plan to stock up on food and return to quarantine as a way to prevent coronavirus, while 48% do not plan runs to the supermarket to supply the pantry. Among those in stock, most are concerned about an increase in infection rates, but a smaller proportion say they are concerned about the unrest surrounding next month’s elections.

As a way of anticipating this wave of anxiety, supermarkets are also preparing and increasing the volume of products in stock. The goal is not to let scenes seen at the beginning of the pandemic, where the shelves were empty, return to the cities and cause even more panic among the population.

Instacart, another research center appointed by USA Today, revealed that among the most difficult items to find during the pandemic, toilet paper has increased by 14% among respondents in the past four weeks.

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