PHOTOS: Fraser Valley shelves clearing as coronavirus hoarding continues, but not bare

Shelves are starting to thin at the Hope Save-on Foods, where even paper towel is being snapped up. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
A sign at the entrance to the Hope Save-on Foods assures customers the company is on top of the COVID-19 situation, with plans in place. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
A sign in the Save-on Foods in Hope doesn’t address the issue of hoarding, but does say that the company has a plan in place “should the situation escalate” with COVID-19. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Shoppers Drug Mart in Agassiz had a display of toilet paper completely cleaned out on Wednesday afternoon. (Adam Louis/ Agassiz-Harrison Observer)
The Red Apple in Agassiz has some bare shelves but still has plenty of paper towel in stock, as of Wednesday afternoon. (Adam Louis/ Agassiz-Harrison Observer)
The Garrison Save-on Foods in Sardis had completely empty shelves on Tuesday evening. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
Shelves are starting to thin at the Hope Save-on Foods, where even paper towel is being snapped up. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Hand sanitizer is mostly gone at the Hope Save-on Foods, but there is plenty of soap to be found. Soap and warm water is the advised method of cleaning hands to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and other illnesses. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Chilliwack Superstore has been notably lacking toilet paper for days. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
London Drugs in Chilliwack has a small amount of toilet paper as of Wednesday afternoon. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
Safeway in Chilliwack had their toilet paper displayed front and centre of the store on Wednesday afternoon. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
A man laughs with his arms full of paper products in the Chilliwack Safeway on Wednesday afternoon. While many stores have depleting stocks, others in the Fraser Valley seem well-stocked still. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

It’s difficult, but not impossible, to find paper toiletries right now in the upper Fraser Valley.

Social media has been filled with memes, complaints and disbelief over what seems to be a local hoarding issue. The items in the hottest demand are toilet paper, paper towel, and hand sanitizer, as people get ready to potentially hunker down in isolation due to the novel coronavirus.

READ MORE: VIDEO: Langley stores struggle to keep up with demand for toilet paper

It’s unclear why those particular products are the ones people are snapping up. The emerging virus, which was declared a pandemic on March 11 by the World Health Organization, is a respiratory infection with a dry cough. It is not a flu virus, and therefore does not cause gastrointestinal symptoms.

Further, health officials have repeatedly said that regular and proper hand washing with warm soap and water is suffice to kill the virus.

Black Press reporters in the Fraser Valley have been keeping an eye on the supply and demand of toilet paper in particular, to see if this trend is all talk, or really taking place.

Most stores were definitely depleted, some entirely. But with a little scouting, it didn’t take long to find a few places where those in need could turn. In short, walk, don’t run, to get your next few rolls.

READ MORE: Toilet paper roll selling for $100 on Craigslist as people capitalize on COVID-19 fears


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