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So a superior told me — as I continue working in the field — to make sure I have plenty of wipes, gloves, masks, and sanitizer on hand. I reminded him that I hadn’t seen any in any stores here for over two weeks. In fact, all I have is a little old 6oz bottle I found with my seldom-used camping gear. My employer isn’t offering or ordering sufficient supplies for its employees visiting multiple job sites, and they want us to just walk out and... go get some. Somewhere.

In that same breath, I want to send my personal thanks to hoarders, who are also likely working from home right now, who have made it so difficult to obtain basic cleaning products those who still have to work with the public. Thank you for your fearful, thoughtless consumption such that every trade from healthcare providers to plumbers can’t stay safe, while you won’t even be using one-tenth of your stockpile. But hey: you’ll be okay.

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