Coronavirus: Are people really hoarding toilet paper, non-perishables?

Topics Coronavirus


If there’s one image that captures the panic seeping through the United States this week, it might be the empty store shelves where toilet paper usually sits. Shoppers, preparing for the possibility that the coronavirus could keep them quarantined for weeks or months, have been snapping up every roll they can find.

The more images of stockpiling that emerged on social media, the more panicky buying that ensued. The result: The household staple has been consistently out of stock, whether at big box stores, at bodegas or on Amazon. In.....

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