Coronavirus concerns impacts businesses and impacts mental health in Shasta County

For stores, it’s all about supply for the demand. As coronavirus fears continue to spread across the country, the fear is starting to take a toll on people’s mental health.

Posted: Mar 13, 2020 7:01 PM

REDDING, Calif. - For stores, it’s all about supply for the demand.

The Katwalk in Redding, saw several people coming and going. Owner Marla Johnston is hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.

“I don’t know how bad it'll get in the next couple of months, said Johnston. “I am expecting a low for a while until the panic is done and people start resurfacing again.

Johnston says a lot of her products come from out of town or from her customers. Johnston tells Action News Now she has enough inventory in stock to keep her doors open for several months. Johnston says, she has no plans of closing at this time.

For many stores in Redding, it began with a rush of hand sanitizers and then quickly spread.
A lot of people are buying in bulk and buying so much that shelves are left empty.

Costco posted signs around the store, limiting people to two bottles of water and wipes.
A worker at Super K in Anderson tells Action News Now, they’re trying to keep up with the demand for supplies.

But some people are worried there won’t be enough for the elderly.

“We live far out and when we come to town and we're looking for supplies,” said Courtney Gracia of Happy Valley. “If they're all out what are we going to do? We can't make that trip every day.”

Action News Now also checked on Amazon and found disinfectant wipes and even some cases of toilet paper are also sold out.

As coronavirus fears continue to spread across the country, the fear is starting to take a toll on people’s mental health.

Health professionals say, people like certainty and steadiness, not instability. Unknown situations, like the coronavirus pandemic, can create stress and anxiety. They say that's when the natural human instinct to fight or flight kicks in.

“It's normal for someone to feel stressed, in a situation like a public health emergency, human beings we like certainty,” said Chris Diamond, a Community Education Specialist with the Shasta County Health & Human Services Agency. “

When we are in a situation where we feel threatened, we can feel like it’s difficult to cope.”

Experts say it doesn’t matter who you are anyone can feel this level of stress and anxiety.

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