How are grocery shoppers are stocking up for social isolation?

Diapers. Rice. A bouquet of tulips. These are some of the items New Yorkers are buying as they prepare to hunker down in isolation for the foreseeable (and perhaps the unforeseeable) future. As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise exponentially, some city residents are scrambling to pack their shopping carts like a 3-D Tetris challenge, while others are keeping calm and going about business as usual. For The New Yorker, Helen Rosner interviews shoppers from deep in Brooklyn to the Upper East Side. Our favorite: The two young men who, when asked what they’re buying, responded, “Food.” And what kind? “Food.”

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