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I wrote an article on Dec 31 urging readers to "Stock up NOW" ahead of a potential Omicron-induced surge in panic buying and workers calling in sick.
I took my own advice and stocked up the same day and found the shelves at my local grocery store well stocked.
A week later, the same grocery store was cleaned out of most fresh produce and nearly all of their fresh chicken.
It has been two weeks now and empty shelves have become a major issue throughout the country.
[Stop watching at the one minute mark if you don't want to waste your time.]
Omicron has been spreading like crazy and from what I've heard, many people are also taking advantage of the situation and calling in sick.
"More than 5 million Americans, or 2% of the workforce, 'could now be isolating,' Capital Economics economist Andrew Hunter estimated," Axios reported Monday.
In the Inside Edition report above, John Catsimatidis, the billionaire owner and CEO of the Gristedes Supermarket chain, pretty hilariously advises everyone to respond to the shortages by stocking their freezer and fridge and buying everything they can now.
The top comment on YouTube is a user whining about it:
It's good advice.
11Alive is reporting stores may not be fully stocked again for six months to a year.
From 11Alive, "Supply chain economists: Supermarket shelves to be full again by end of 2022":
"We just need to get the supply chain fully-employed, and everybody back to work" said Doug Baker, Vice President of Industry Relations at FMI, The Food Industry Association.Wastewater samples from Boston suggest Omicron has already peaked on the East Coast, so perhaps we'll see some relief sooner rather than later.
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