When people witnessed that the coronavirus started spreading faster and further than expected, prompted by mass media coverage, they started stocking up on everything from canned tuna to toilet paper. Face masks were the first one to go, as well as hygiene products such as hand sanitizers, tissues, and disinfectants that started slowly disappearing.
After all of those, people were starting to get worried about the threats of home quarantine, so they began to gather as much food as possible, preferably the items that would last for a while. Such actions are driven by panic, there is no doubt about that, but some people are just being cautious and want to be prepared if a worst-case scenario happens.
How Do We Wipe Without Toilet Paper?
All around the world, the coronavirus is making people behave in similar ways. Because of it, many grocery stores and supermarkets are trying to keep enough toilet paper on their shelves. People are scared, and people are panicking, some are just preparing for the worst. Nonetheless, the scenarios of quarantine may seem more real now since we are approaching the peak of this pandemic.
Why the toilet paper? Some psychologists suggest that the uncertainty of coronavirus made people panic even more, and because of it, we are looking for a way to control what has gotten out of our hands. Hoarding toilet paper in your storage spaces gives an invaluable comfort that you are ready for whatever comes your way, and it helps establish order.
Grocery stores and supermarkets all around the world are constantly preparing for the increases in demand for staple food, long-lasting canned goods, and various disinfectants.
Face masks and hand sanitizers were the first items to indicate a shortage and a possible increase in demands. But because of the increase in home quarantines across the world, and the potential scenarios of a world-wide disaster, canned tunas, pasta, flour, and many dry foods are starting to pile up in people's homes.
A Demand For Teleconference Applications
The downloads of applications such as Tencent Conference, WeChat, Microsoft Teams, to name a few, all experienced increased demands due to the effect that coronavirus has on many business corporations. Working from home, i.e., remote work, quickly became one of the most plausible ways that companies could continue their work in the face of the virus danger.
Of course, technologies are the ones who made that possible, so video conferencing applications such as Google Hangouts and virtual reality training platforms such as Rumii soon became a necessity, increasing their usages substantially over the last months.
Personal Protective Equipment Demands
Increased face mask buying and usage was one of the first signals of the battle against the virus, as well as a warning for the upcoming scarcity of personal protective equipment.
The Medicom Group, one of the world's leading manufacturers of infection control, is working day and night to meet the demands of face masks and sterilization kits. Since the company was already familiar with the outbreaks caused by diseases like SARS, they ramped up their production as soon as there were signs of increased demand.
Their Chief operating officer in North America, Guillaume Laverdure, decided to act as quickly as he saw something was happening in China. However, because of the global panic, people are starting to stockpile pretty much everything that is of any use in the battle against the virus. People are additionally increasing the demands, so companies such as Medicom are facing a challenge in their supply chain even with their timely preparations.
Why are people hoarding toilet paper?
Some psychologists suggest that the uncertainty of coronavirus made people panic even more, and because of it, hoarding toilet paper in your storage spaces gives an invaluable comfort that you are ready for whatever comes your way, and it helps establish order.
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