A customer leaves a supermarket in Liverpool with a trolley full of toilet paper on Monday. Photo: AFP

Coronavirus panic buying: the psychology behind toilet paper hoarding

  • Game theory alone can’t explain why loo rolls are disappearing off shelves faster than canned goods and other key items
  • Such behaviour also occurred in previous pandemics, including Spanish flu in 1918
Topic |   Coronavirus outbreak
A customer leaves a supermarket in Liverpool with a trolley full of toilet paper on Monday. Photo: AFP
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