I regularly visit the small pharmacy that's next to the big Boots as they stock heat pads that are cheap and last long. So I made my regular pilgrimage there yesterday and to my surprise there was a queue right out into the street and the shop was literally filled with young Chinese people buying up surgical face-masks and they were clearly panicky. Such was the demand that the shopkeeper was rationing them to only two per person and trying to get some kind of queuing system organised. The girls serving in the shop were genuinely amazed and said they had never seen anything like it. I'm really quite concerned myself now, especially with the latest news of potential outbreaks in Scotland. I don't even know if a surgical mask could protect sufficiently against airborne infection.