It turns out that when the virus hit and some rushed around to the supermarket to clear the shelves of toilet paper, we also panic-bought tea bags big time.
Steve Evans is a reporter on The Canberra Times. He's been a BBC correspondent in New York, London, Berlin and Seoul and the sole reporter/photographer/paper deliverer on The Glen Innes Examiner in country New South Wales. "All the jobs have been fascinating - and so it continues."
Families banded together to keep the fire at bay - helped by firefighters on the ground and in the air.
The bushfires burning across south-eastern Australia have dealt a punishing blow to primary producers.
More firefighting aircraft will be needed for longer, leaders of the National Council for Fire and Emergency Services warn.