Ian Young
Ian Young

SCMP Columnist

The Hongcouver by Ian Young

Panic at the Costco: coronavirus, a bogus photo and the contagion of fear behind Vancouver’s supermarket stampede

  • The Hongcouver Blog: A much-shared photo said to show panic buying in the Vancouver satellite of Richmond wasn’t even taken in Canada
  • But it fuelled real panic buying in the region, illustrating how fear can become a ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’ during times of pandemic