Chicago: Empty shelves

Walking into the grocery store and seeing empty store shelves was unnerving, writes Touly, a designer living in Chicago. The current moods in Chicago are fretful: "There are irresponsible folks continuing on as usual and not taking it seriously."


The first case of Coronavirus was reported in Chicago days before the Chinese Lunar New Year, resulting in the smallest attendance to the parade and a mass avoidance of Chinatown.  Then our state governor and the president declared a state of emergency triggering fear and panic to people starting to stockpile toilet papers, hand sanitizers, and water. 


Photo by Touly Phiachantharath/Uptown Design Studio

Walking into the grocery store and seeing empty store shelves was unnerving. The current moods in Chicago are fretful, there are irresponsible folks continuing on as usual and not taking it seriously. The majority of people’s attitudes here are when they will contract it and not if.

This story originally appeared online at A City Made By People, an international network of 20+ cities and local communities of citizens who like to celebrate liveability, and a partner of #spreadstoriesnotthevirus. The story was shared by Touly Phiachantharath, city captain for Chicago.


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