Since the Sultanate entered the third wave of COVID-19, with a number of new cases in four digits last week, the population has been in panic mode, buying food and other essentials in case measures more restrictive would return. The same goes for vitamins and other supplements.
While it is good to see more people taking their health more seriously, there is an illogical element in their method that I would like to point out in this letter.
When a post goes viral for a certain supplement, it’s safe to say that the store shelf dedicated to the product will be cleared out in no time. An example is a topical ointment that I use for my child when he feels bad. Ever since a viral post came out claiming to protect someone from COVID-19, I have been struggling to get a bottle for my child.
There is an urge in each of us to do whatever we can for our health and that of our family.
But feeling the need to empty the shelf of a certain product because of an unverified message is beyond my comprehension.
We’re not talking about questionable products from questionable manufacturers; we are talking about products that have been used by a large majority of us for decades. These hoarders need to pause and think before they give in to the temptation to buy essential supplements and remedies in bulk, depriving others of these items.
We are together in this fight against the pandemic. While it’s important to supplement our diets with essential vitamins, others also need them to maintain their health.
I hope these wholesale buyers learn to be more rational consumers and resist the urge to clear out the stock before noon.