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Staying hydrated is a key part of maintaining your health.

Shelves usually stocked with bottled water are wiped out save for Dasani water (Devin Jones/The Collegiate).

By Devin Jones

Staying hydrated is a key part of maintaining your health. 

Drinking water is the best way to stay hydrated.

Following that logic, it makes perfect sense that when people reacting to the coronavirus started shopping for groceries weeks and months in advance of when they’d need them, bottled water was flying off of the shelves at a rapid pace. Stores such as Walmart and Meijer actually began to run out of bottled water, illustrating just how dire of a time we’re in at the moment.

Despite the fact that this outbreak of COVID-19 could reasonably cause our state to be shut down in the coming weeks, there often remained one product on the mostly empty store shelves as of yesterday.


As I was doing my own personal shopping at Target in Grandville on March 20, it stood out to me like a sore thumb just how unwilling people were to drink Dasani water. Even after the government declared a national state of emergency, gatherings of crowds larger than 10 were discouraged, and the shelves of stores across the country have been picked clean, people still refused to buy Dasani.

To put it plainly, I was amazed. The store I was at had sold out of soup. Never in my life would I imagine that the soup section of a grocery store would be picked absolutely clean. 

Seeing the empty shelves in the store filled me with a feeling of anxiety the likes of which I hadn’t ever felt before. It reminded me of how dangerous it is for me to even be outside at a time like this.

In a really odd way, seeing all that Dasani on the shelf was reassuring. Knowing that hundreds of thousands of people walked through this aisle, and even in a national state of emergency, almost all of them flat out refused to buy even a single case of Dasani made me smile. 

If people won’t drink Dasani now, then when will they?