Empty shelves in the toilet paper aisle of an Atlantic Superstore supermarket of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on 12 March 20
Empty shelves in the toilet paper aisle of an Atlantic Superstore supermarket of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on 12 March 2020. Photo: Wikimedia

The Psychology Behind Panic Stockpiling

As the COVID-19 outbreak spurs mass buying, people are flocking stores for toilet paper, but why?