A discussion about frenetic toilet paper purchasing broke out in the comments of a post on the coronavirus and perceived impending economic collapse. The anecdotal consensus seems to be that this variation of prepping has a distinctly non-white flavor to it.
Conveniently enough, YouGov today released a poll asking respondents if they “had bought extra toilet paper” to–this took me by surprise–“prevent the spread of coronavirus”. I’d presumed people had been stocking up on things in anticipation of those items becoming unavailable in the near future, not that running out would aid the coronavirus in its conquering.
The mechanism by which a glut of toilet paper retards viral spread eludes me. Fear that a scatological posterior creates a local miasma that renders susceptible those nearby? The resultant rash providing the virus with a direct entry into the bloodstream?
Whatever the purpose, I laud those who put in extra effort and earnings for the collective good. The percentages who do so, by selected demographic characteristics:
The observations appear founded, yet it also looks like excess toilet paper may be a bit of a luxury item in a crisis. That millennials are the most likely to buy extra comes as little surprise–it’s a very millennial thing to do.