Boris Johnson – Britain’s Prime Minister – gave another update today on how the UK is tackling the coronavirus crisis and urged viewers to not “stockpile” or “panic buy” again, but with the growing reality that thousands, if not millions, of Britons will be forced into self-isolation to prevent Covid-19 from spreading – how much food do you need to stockpile for two weeks of self-isolation? 


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At Boris Johnson’s press conference this afternoon, the Prime Minister urged people to be sensible during the coronavirus crisis and avoid stockpiling for food and panic-buying.

He said: “We are absolutely confident our supply chains are working, and will work, and we will get farm to fork food supplies.

“Therefore people should have no reason to stockpile or panic buy.”

Even though it’s possible to get by without a stockpile, with many now being forced to go into self-isolation for two weeks to prevent the virus from mutating and spreading further, plenty of people may find it reassuring to have two week’s worth of essentials in case they’re put in isolation.

Francesca Henry, owner of the Money Fox blog said: “I think a stockpile is a good idea.

“That doesn’t mean going crazy with the amounts, but thinking about what would happen if you weren’t able to leave the house (due to infection) or if everything is going to be running out or low in the shops.”

The most obvious thing to stock up on is food – but Britons are encouraged to only by what they need.

If a homeowner does decide to stockpile, here’s a checklist of things you might want to include in your coronavirus stockpile:


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