The Psychological Reason Coronavirus Is Prompting People to Hoard Toilet Paper

Toilet paper is in short supply.
Toilet paper is in short supply.
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美女视频黄频大全视频Walk into a Costco, grocery store, or pharmacy today and there’s a good chance you might be greeted by bare shelves. A number of retail locations have seen consumers deplete inventory in anticipation of the coronavirus becoming more disruptive to commerce and daily living. While it’s understandable to see shortages of disinfectant wipes or hand sanitizer, stores are reporting a high demand for toilet paper. Why?

美女视频黄频大全视频According to clinical psychologist Steven Taylor, who spoke with , the rush for toilet paper may be based on a panic response to global fears over how coronavirus may impact populations. Because much is still unknown about the virus, consumers may feel compelled to stock up on essentials.

If communities face a quarantine, consumers may fear that some personal care items won't easily be replenished. In the event they’ve been exposed to coronavirus and are to stay home for 14 days, having toiletries on hand is reasonable, though purchasing enough to last for months on end may be excessive.

美女视频黄频大全视频There’s also the phenomenon of panic-buying having a snowball effect, Taylor told the outlet. If someone walks into a store and sees empty shelves where toilet paper used to be or sees social media posts in their feed about it, they’re being fed information that indicates toilet paper is in short supply and will proceed to stock up elsewhere.

There’s nothing intrinsically bad about scooping up toilet paper. It is, after all, a basic human necessity, and consumers are going to wind up using it eventually. But it’s important to note that a perceived scarcity of Charmin is not proof of a global health crisis. It’s only proof that some people are taking an abundance of caution. If someone not being able to buy toilet paper, that apprehension can be remedied by buying a lot of it. It’s one of the few things about the current health climate that consumers can control.

美女视频黄频大全视频According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on home essentials within reason is appropriate—but don’t limit it to a garage full of toilet paper. Consider having a supply of hand soap, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, food staples, and prescription medication. Just bear in mind that such preparedness is advisable all year for any unforeseen circumstances, not just a growing pandemic.

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What Day Is It Again? Why It's So Easy to Lose Track of Time in Quarantine

Time has become a blur.
Time has become a blur.
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There may have been a time in your life when you would find it peculiar to hear people announce they’ve forgotten what day it is. Thanks to shelter-in-place orders due to the current public health situation, feeling disoriented and having to constantly check the calendar has become a new normal. The reason? We’ve lost our daily structure.

According to several psychologists interviewed by the , a lack of a routine has made our internal clocks go haywire. That’s because we don’t necessarily think of Monday as Monday—we think of it as the day we have a spin class, or pick up groceries, or stop by the post office美女视频黄频大全视频. Absent the tasks and activities we schedule for specific days, they begin to lose their identity.

Working from home美女视频黄频大全视频 has also compounded the problem. Going into the office Friday and being home Saturday helped delineate these days. Now you’re likely home all week, erasing the environmental changes that normally make each day feel separate.

So what can you do? Try to adopt a new routine with a defined schedule. Rather than make each day a lump sum of activity, plan to do chores at specific times. Start anchoring days of the week to a special dinner, virtual conference, or other appointments. If it’s the weekend, reserve time for a movie or book rather than engaging in them during the week. Try something new, like a different kind of exercise or a recipe. A disruption to your normal expectations can you stay plugged in. And get outside. In addition to fresh air, getting sun will help your body clear up some of the confusion on its own.

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