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Panic might be on the menu, but canned fruit will help see us through the pandemic

Liz Kearney


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Filling up the cupboards: People have taken to stockpiling essentials in the face of the virus outbreak (stock photo)

Filling up the cupboards: People have taken to stockpiling essentials in the face of the virus outbreak (stock photo)

Erwin Wodicka - wodicka@aon.at

Patients infected by the COVID-19 coronavirus leave from Wuhan No.3 Hospital to Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on March 4, 2020. - China on March 4 reported 38 more deaths from the new coronavirus but a fall in fresh cases for a third consecutive day. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Patients infected by the COVID-19 coronavirus leave from Wuhan No.3 Hospital to Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on March 4, 2020. - China on March 4 reported 38 more deaths from the new coronavirus but a fall in fresh cases for a third consecutive day. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

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Filling up the cupboards: People have taken to stockpiling essentials in the face of the virus outbreak (stock photo)

Thirty-six litres of water. Two dozen tins of beans. Six packs of disinfectant wipes.

Three apple-green Dettol sprays (it kills 99pc of all known bacteria, while having the pleasing side-effect of making your house smell like an orchard). Five 2kg bags of rice (I'd have bought more, but there was an upper limit).