coronavirus, panic buying, toilet paper

Now, Americans Are Scrambling to Buy Toilet Paper

The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak has triggered panic buying of toilet paper among Americans. Many supermarket chains have run out of toilet paper. Some have put restrictions on how many rolls a customer can buy. The trend has caught the attention of many people who are wondering what the obsession with hoarding toilet paper means. The ...

Jack Roberts

Rolls of toilet paper.

Coronavirus Triggers a Run on Toilet Paper in Hong Kong

First, hand sanitizer disappeared from store shelves in Hong Kong; then, bleach and alcohol. People wake up at the crack of dawn to line up at pharmacies for surgical masks. But hand sanitizers and masks are products targeted for temporary needs; they’re not items normally kept in quantity around the house. It makes sense that ...

Max Lu

Empty shelves at a Hong Kong supermarket.