Empty shelves for disinfectant wipes wait for restocking, as concerns grow around COVID-19, Tuesday March 3, 2020, in New York. A man from New York City’s suburbs was hospitalized in serious condition with COVID-19 on Tuesday, a case that prompted school closings and quarantines for congregants of a now-shuttered synagogue. The state’s second confirmed case also raised the possibility that the virus is spreading locally. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
One of the craziest things about the Wuhan Coronavirus so far has been the panic buying of toilet paper.
There was no shortage or reason to panic buy; what did the virus have to do with toilet paper?
But when people thought of staying in for a month or so, they think of what they might need, even if it isn’t in short supply. Plus they see other people buying it, so they buy, creating a shortage when there wasn’t one, creating even more panic buying efforts. It feeds on itself. And we aren’t the only folks freaking out over it, it’s happening in other places like the UK and Australia as well.
So here’s a little salute to the Toilet Paper Olympics 2020. And if you weren’t able to get any toilet paper when you went out, at least, maybe here’s a little fun with it for you.
I feel like this is the video that perfectly depicts how far we’ve come as civilized species. I present to you the Toilet Paper Rush of 2020, in #Costco stores. #Covid_19 #CoronaOutbreak pic.twitter.com/hKzjqgwk6p
— Officer Bandit 👮🏻♀️🦝 🇺🇸 (@OfficerBandit) March 12, 2020
Secretary Azar: "Toilet paper is not an effective defense against getting the Coronavirus." pic.twitter.com/7eZiFM8zB8
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) March 13, 2020
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) March 14, 2020
— Nic Paul Enache (@nicpaulenache) March 14, 2020
— Riteload (@riteload) March 13, 2020
Costco Shopper in Canada:
“I don’t know if we’re gonna make it through this. But I know now that I’ve got my stock of toilet paper, my family will be safe.”
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) March 12, 2020
— Benonwine (@benonwine) March 9, 2020
— FRIDAY (@cumaerdogan) March 15, 2020
— DavidH (@hereisdavidh) March 14, 2020
There’s always one (no, liberal media fact-checkers it’s a joke, it’s not real).
— Kev Lobe (@kmloeb) March 12, 2020
But we now have the official word from Georgia-Pacific, straight from Alabama. The things we do for you, our readers.
They have officially weighed in and say: there is no way the toilet paper production is running out, according to spokesperson Eric Abercrombie.
So put your feet up and relax.