“This is a big time of anxiety, and we know the biggest source of anxiety is uncertainty,” said Stewart Shankman, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University. “People are trying to get a sense of control by buying things you really don’t need. It’s a false sense of control.”
» COMPLETE COVERAGE: Everything you need to know about coronavirus
» MORE: Breaking: Three new more coronavirus cases confirmed in Georgia.
At the same time, some more effective weapons against coronavirus — such as bar soap, hand soap and tissue — remain in plentiful supply.
The CVS at the corner of Northside Drive and Powers Ferry Road in Sandy Springs was well stocked with regular wet wipes and Kleenex tissue. But an employee said not to bother looking for hand sanitizer or Clorox wipes. Asked about face masks, she chuckled.
The same was the case at the Walmart on Cobb Parkway and at a Dollar Tree store in Sandy Springs: plenty of soap and tissue, totally out of hand sanitizer and bleach wipes.
A Sandy Springs Office Depot, a few doors over, did have about 25 boxes worth of disinfecting wipes — but only the Highmark brand, which uses ammonium chloride. Clorox wipes were gone.
» RECAP: Major developments in Georgia over past week
A Buckhead Publix supermarket, near Chastain Park, still had a half-dozen Clorox cans in its cleaning aisle, with a sign posted above explaining, “Because of increased demand, customers are limited to two of each item in the disinfectant wipes and sprays section. Thank you for understanding.” The Publix at Sugarloaf Crossing in Gwinnett still had Clorox, Lysol and GreenWise wipes, but in the pharmacy aisle a bright green note said, “Our Apologies,” because alcohol swabs and wipes were sold out.
The Target in Sandy Springs near Perimeter Mall was also setting limits on disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizers and hand/face wipes — no more than six per customer.
Deep on a lower shelf, there were five containers of Clorox compostable cleaning wipes left. Until a woman spotted them, and then there were four.
Associated Press reports were used in this story.