Consumers' buying habits are shifting in response to coronavirus. More and more consumers are stockpiling food out of fear and it is more than just plain goods, such as coffee, tea, and dark chocolate. There is no reason to be 'stockpiling' or buying African food and drinks supplies in bulk. Food delivery to your home is the safest way to get food during coronavirus concern times.
Shoppers Shamefully Stockpiling
Supermarket delivery slots may be extended during this time to meet demand. These companies know what is going on minute to minute as information technology records purchasing habits all the way back to the warehouse. If you order today your grocery shopping on the internet instantly that is recorded and the bulk of the consumer trends are collated to make sure shelf are restocked very quickly. Yes coronavirus concerns are not going away anytime soon, but there is know need to panic in this area of your life as the countries top online stores like Amazon will respond to the current Covid-19 outbreak at speed. No need to shamefully stockpile beans, rice and fufu.
Self Isolation, Food And The Neighbour Next Door
As with many workplaces, all staff are now working from home where possible at these uncertain time. This is part of disaster preparedness plans. The new words trending over the internet are self-isolation and staysafestayhome. This mean more of us will have the time to cook for ourselves and family. If you are doing this consider who in the neighbourhood may not be able to buy and make their own food and drink. People may be at home in the building where you live with the virus self-isolating. For the entire duration of your period of self-isolation your neighbour may not be able to get food as they may not be able to use a computer or have a personal online account.
Here online delivery direct to your neighbour's door is a good way to help them. In order to protect the health and well-being of yourself and neighbours this is the best solution as there is increasing risks for both you and your neighbour if you take on the duty yourself. Our recommendation is online food shopping click-and-collect and home delivery for the people next door who have to isolate too.
We need to encourage social distancing for the sake of safety and in light of governmental updates and guidance.
Remember shopping online is safe, secure and easy to use on any device. Here the younger generation can help the older, vulnerable people in our community.
Support African Businesses Online
With the current global crisis, current global crisis, we know that many African and Caribbean business are experiencing a significant loss of income. It has been incredibly challenging and confusing for everyone. The World Health Organization (who) declaring a pandemic mean this pandemic is leading cities and nations to undergo extreme measures which will effect African and Caribbean people the most. It is clear to all of us that the coronavirus has deeply affected our community. It is clear that we need to be a part of helping all of us get through this as quickly as possible by buying from African and Caribbean businesses first. So if you see African businesses with online shops please tell others.
Due to the magnitude of the unanticipated public health and safety issues posed by the rapidly escalating COVID-19 outbreak we need to up our game in how we serve others.
We need to be qualified at the highest level, we need to attend African and Caribbean food events when they resume, we need to support with our money and give feedback positive or negative after the event.
The Ebola crisis caught us all by surprise and forced us to be resourceful in west Africa. So we now need entrepreneurial women and men who can take it upon themselves to safely supply quarantined communities, neighbours and villages with African groceries.
Mental Health, Lacking Vitamin D And Exercising Offline
A quarantined life at home online all day will be a big change for a lot of people which will have an effect on our well being. Mental and physical health we need to protect both for the future with good food and exercise, as we are all likely to get the Coronavirus however much we try to avoid getting infected. More than ever at this time we need a strong healthy immune system to recover from this illness of the body and mind, which you could say has already infected us psychologically and financially.
We will feel pain if we do not get the right vitamins and nutriments into our bodies. During winter months we lack vitamin D due to the reduced hours of sunlight we receive during the day. Physical pain can lead to mental health issues. Stay healthy do not stay in doors all day. Please take care and get fresh air this will relieve the stress of living in a cramped room all day or sharing the home with people you don't want to be with. On this matter we encourage you all to take the necessary precautions for yourselves, family and friends in outside spaces. No matter what challenges we face, we are all in this together.
Finally the importance of being able to stay active is paramount as these are unprecedented times and we need to get offline to cope with the coronavirus online world and real world.
Top Five Ways To Survive During This Coronavirus Outbreak
With the continuing spread of the coronavirus disease known as (COVID-19) here are our top tips:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap, always wash your hands when you get home or into work (support African suppliers of soap)
- Buy your African food online (support African suppliers)
- Keep disruption to a minimum for others, make food then deliver to the elderly and vulnerable in the area
- Take physical exercise outside. Be careful with your diet
- Adhere to government advice relating to social distancing as much as possible
Note March 2020
As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice.
This means travel to Africa and the Caribbean is not to be planned. Flight cancellations and travel restrictions are now in place.
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