Florida’s Summer of Dread

MIAMI — The crowded grocery stores, empty shelves and barren streets of South Florida in the dawning days of the coronavirus pandemic felt unsettlingly familiar: They resembled the rush of preparations and then the tense silence that precede a hurricane. Maybe the tough residents of a state used to dealing with unpredictable forces of nature […]

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New Xbox is still ‘on track’ to hit stores in time for the holidays

The next Xbox is still slated to hit store shelves this holiday season — coronavirus be damned. In an interview with Time, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that despite the pandemic forcing employees to work from home, the next-generation gaming system will keep its original launch window. “Yes, we are on track,” Nadella said. “The […]

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How ‘Fast Carbs’ May Undermine Your Health

In recent weeks, foods of all kinds have flown off the shelves at grocery stores as Americans stocked up to weather the coronavirus pandemic. But sales of “comfort foods” like potato chips, pretzels, pancake mix and cookies have seen a particularly dramatic surge. That may not be surprising: They are cheap, satisfying and shelf stable. […]

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Walmart sells enough toilet paper in five days to give each American one roll

Toilet paper is rolling off Walmart’s shelves so fast that the retailer sold enough in the last five days to give every American one roll, CEO Doug McMillon said Friday. That suggests customers snapped up some 329 million rolls of TP as coronavirus panic shopping continued to hit the giant department store chain. McMillon urged […]

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World food security at risk as exporters curb sales, importers buy more

© Reuters. Customer wearing a face mask shops next to partially empty shelves of instant noodles section at a Carrefour supermarket, following the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Taipei, Taiwan By Naveen Thukral SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Global food security concerns are mounting with around a fifth of the world’s population already under lockdown to […]

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U.S. task force to tackle coronavirus market manipulation, hoarding

2/2 © Reuters. Customers browse grocery store shelves inside Kroger Co.’s Ralphs supermarket amid fears of the global growth of coronavirus cases, in Los Angeles 2/2 By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is launching a task force to address market manipulation, hoarding and price gouging related to the coronavirus pandemic, following […]

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Surveys show coronavirus pandemic savaging global economy

2/2 © Reuters. A man stands next to shelves empty of fresh meat in a supermarket, as the number of worldwide coronavirus cases continues to grow, in London 2/2 By Marius Zaharia HONG KONG (Reuters) – Evidence of the devastation wreaked on the global economy by the coronavirus pandemic mounted on Tuesday as activity surveys […]

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Thalidomide Use Did Happen Here, These Americans Say

Even though thalidomide did not reach American pharmacy shelves, the drug was distributed to as many as 20,000 patients through two clinical trials run by American companies that were testing it for use in the United States. Now, a group of Americans who say they were affected by the drug are demanding justice and recognition. […]

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‘It’s Very Scary’: U.K. Food Banks Close as Coronavirus Stalls Donations

LONDON — As panicked shoppers in Britain empty supermarket shelves and hoard goods amid the coronavirus outbreak, food banks that depend on donations are struggling to stay afloat, and some have been forced to shut down. Vulnerable families who depend on emergency food packages to survive received limited supplies this week as food banks across […]

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Complacency, Not Panic, Is the Real Danger

The sight of empty grocery shelves — widely shared on social media — combined with the dread of an invisible threat seem a perfect recipe for widespread hysteria. But, so far, despite mixed messages from government officials and shortages of tests and hospital capacity, there is little evidence of widespread panic. In fact, research into […]

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‘There Is Plenty of Food in the Country’

The aisles and aisles of empty store shelves give the appearance that the United States, improbably and alarmingly, is running out of food. But the nation’s biggest retailers, dairy farmers and meat producers say that isn’t so. The food supply chain, they say, remains intact and has been ramping up to meet the unprecedented stockpiling […]

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Amid coronavirus panic, Australian newspaper prints extra pages because of toilet paper shortage

Toilet paper has been disappearing from shelves around the world as coronavirus-wary consumers stockpile emergency and household supplies. A notice stuck to a shelf instructing customers about a limit on toilet paper purchases is pictured in a supermarket amid coronavirus fears in Sydney, Australia March 4, in this picture obtained from social media. (MARALINDA BOYD/via REUTERS) […]

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