With COVID-19 cases surging across the US, panic buying is back in vogue — as evidenced by a sea of empty shelves in supermarkets across the nation in scenes reminiscent of earlier this year, according to a report.
The rush on food, toilet paper, sanitizing products and other essentials comes amid a series of new lockdown measures after states reported record daily spikes in cases this month, the Daily Mail reported.
Twenty states have reported all-time highs in deaths as the nation grapples with an average of more than 148,000 new cases a day and 1,120 daily deaths in the past week, according to the outlet.
More than 247,000 people have died of the illness in the US, where 11.2 million cases have been confirmed with Thanksgiving around the corner, according to Johns Hopkins University.
In Virginia, some large chains — such as Walmart and Kroger — are already experiencing a second wave of panic buying, the Daily Mail