Jaw-dropping photos of meal prepping and packed freezers amid coronavirus panic

As the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus continues to rise around the world, people's panic also seems to be rising.

Some are taking drastic measures to protect themselves from the illness, others simply want to be prepared in case they should have to go into self-isolation.

We've seen people panic-buying food and other essentials from their local supermarkets for this reason – and now we've been given a look at where this food is going.

Over on Reddit and Facebook a few very organised users have shared a look at the meal prepping they've done just in case they or a family member are quarantined at home.

And the photos are jaw-dropping!

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The pictures show packed freezers, filled with plastic containers of food, everything from curries to stews, burgers, pasta dishes and soup.

One home owner started the Reddit thread, showing off their food, writing that they'd prepped over 90 meals in about three hours.

Alongside the image, they said: "Fully prepared for the coronas."

They later added that the food had mostly been prepped because they didn't want to have to cook after work, but that it would certainly come in handy if they did get quarantined as they'd be "set for the duration".

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More than 600 people responded to the post, with some sharing their own photos and others adding their thoughts.

One person wrote: "I am curious and also damn impressed. That is a ton of food."

Another said: "This is some I am Legend level s**t right here."

A third added: "So your the a**hole who has been emptying the grocery aisles. How the f**k am I suppose to eat?"

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Over on Facebook, in an Aussie Stockpiling group, other people confessed that they'd always bulk bought items, so this wasn't anything new for them.

One person explained she'd started buying extra discounted items five years ago after going through a period where she "couldn't afford to feed the family".

She added: "There have been lots of learning curves. I only ever buy half price or less for items to stockpile. I wouldn't stockpile perishables unless you are positive you will use them."

A number of supermarkets have been running out of pasta and toilet rolls in recent weeks as people stocked up in a panic.

A recent study by UK food and drink experts HIM & MCA Insight found that around 34 percent of shoppers are stockpiling food.

However a spokesperson for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs downplayed the need for this.

Speaking to FoodNavigator.com, they said : "Retailers have reassured us they have well-established contingency plans and are taking all the necessary steps to ensure customers have all the food and supplies they need.

"Retailers are continuing to monitor their supply chains and have robust plans in place to minimise disruption."

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