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Americans call 911 for toilet paper: why do they need it so much during coronavirus

The Oregon Police Department asks people not to call emergency services if they run out of toilet paper. Writes about this Fox News.

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The Newport City Police Department (NPD) posted on its Facebook page that shoppers across the country flock to supermarkets to stock up on toilet paper and food in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic.

“It's hard to believe that we should even publish this. Don't call 911 just because you run out of toilet paper. You will survive without our help, ”writes NPD.

The department then proposed numerous alternatives if people cannot find their “favorite soft, ultra-plush, two-ply citrus scented toilet paper”.

“There are always alternatives to toilet paper. Food receipts, newspapers, rags, cotton swabs, the report says. - Plus, there are loads of leaves you can safely use. When things don't fit, you have magazine pages. Start saving those catalogs that you receive in the mail, which you usually throw in the trash. Be resourceful. There is a shortage of toilet paper. This too will pass. Just don't call 911. We can't get you toilet paper. "

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Many aspects of life have changed due to the spread of coronavirus. Over the past weeks, empty shelves in grocery stores have become commonplace. Some stores began to apply restrictions on sales of goods per person.

Why is toilet paper so popular during the coronavirus epidemic?

“Toilet paper symbolizes control,” explains Nicky Edwards, a public health and social work professor at Queensland Institute of Technology. with the BBC.

“When people hear about coronavirus, they’re afraid of losing control, and toilet paper looks like a way to at least ensure hygiene and cleanliness,” she says.

For humans, toilet paper is an element of control and safety, agrees Dr. Brian Cook of the University of Melbourne.

“For a Westerner, there is a so-called“ fu effect ”when it comes to hygiene without using toilet paper,” he explains. "Plus, people like to feel like they are 'doing something' when they sense danger."

There is a more pragmatic factor, Cook adds, many use toilet paper instead of handkerchiefs during colds.

In addition, toilet paper clearly belongs to products that do not deteriorate, and therefore they can really be stocked up, says Dr. David Savedzhi from the University of Newcastle.

“I don’t know for sure, but I suspect that most people buy toilet paper only when it runs out, which can be a problem if you need to be isolated for two weeks,” the scientist said.

Social Media Response

The reaction of users of social networks was not long in coming. Hashtags and #panickbuying and #ToiletPaperPanic quickly became quite popular, and there were some funny memes.

Also in social networks publish a video where people fight for the latest packaging of toilet paper in the store.

Users also do not miss the chance to laugh at the fact that people consider the lack of toilet paper an emergency.

Screenshot: Twitter / @ WildlifeGreg

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