If you think the run on toilet paper is just an American thing, think again.
On March 10, Business Insider reported: “The spread of the coronavirus has brought with it panic-buying of food and household essentials, despite the attempts of governments to discourage stockpiling. But no item has made more headlines than the humble toilet roll.
“From buying enough toilet rolls to make a throne, to printing out blank newspaper pages to serve as extra toilet paper, people have had a seemingly insatiable desire to stockpile — even though manufacturers say there is no shortage.”
The publication wasn’t talking about the toilet paper raid on U.S. supermarkets, it was describing panic-buying overseas. In Japan, binge-buying went too far and shoppers in Tokyo were limited to one packet of toilet paper per person, and in Hong Kong the scarcity was so dire that an armed gang robbed a shop of just 600 rolls.
What’s the reason for the run when toilet paper isn’t known to have virus-blocking properties?