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Question #92979 posted on 03/13/2020 12:19 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is with all the toilet paper hoarding going on in Utah with the coronavirus? How is that supposed to prevent them from getting it? I genuinely don't understand the logic behind this and feel like I'm missing something.

-My Name Here


Dear You,

I think the idea is that that way they can barricade themselves in their homes and not have to go out in public to potentially be exposed to the coronavirus. If they have a supply of all the essentials (food, water, toilet paper, soap, etc.), they won't have to leave their house and possibly come in contact with a sick person. But you're right, I think it's weird and apocalyptic thinking, and all the hoarding is creating real problems. If you buy out all the soap from your grocery store, you're not leaving any for anyone else, and then they're more likely to get sick and infect other people, thus creating a bigger problem. If you steal masks from hospitals, healthcare workers won't have any to use when they're dealing with actually sick people, thus creating a bigger problem. My message for anyone reading this is, don't hoard stuff and calm down. We're fine, and we'll be fine, as long as you don't contribute to an atmosphere of panic by acting like doomsday preppers.

And in case you're interested, here's an article that talks about why people are stockpiling toilet paper.



Dear you,

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-guppy of doom


Dear YNH,

It's obvious, they lack common sense.



-Goldie Rose


Dear Logical,

I just want to contribute this from Laugh Out Loud's Instagram page:

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Also, here are a bunch of nice comics that show how to stay safe during during flu season! Stay safe, ya nerds :)


posted on 03/21/2020 7:26 a.m.
When talking to a BYU public health student, she mentioned that a big reason is because much of our toilet paper in the United States is manufactured in China, which has obviously been on lockdown for quite sometime. This causes a disruption in the supply chain and people panic-buy for fear that soon there won't be any more coming for a long time (even though the panic-buying also causes an arguably bigger disruption in the supply chain).