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German scientists studied the behavior and character of the fences of toilet paper during a pandemic coronavirus and made a portrait of a typical representative. The study is published in the journal PLOS One.
Research staff collected data about the buyers of paper assets in Europe and North America and found that increasingly they were stocked up emotional people, or with a high level of responsibility. Some also wanted a way to protect their loved ones.
The analysis of frequency of store visits, volume of purchases and the number of purchased rolls of paper showed that the mass panic caused by the epidemic the older generation went shopping more often and bought more packs of toilet paper than the young. While the Europeans during the period of excitement has surpassed US citizens by the number of purchased paper, although on the shelves of American stores was greater than that of the product, and therefore they had more opportunity to stock up.
In General, the researchers pointed out that the more people apprehensive because of the situation with coronavirus, the more buying hygiene products. “Hoarding, for objective reasons, not related to the ability to protect health or to keep your job during a health crisis, so we can assume a purely subjective symbol of security”, — the document says.
In March and April in many countries, including in Russia, there was a shortage of toilet paper due to the sharply increased demand in the backdrop of the spread of coronavirus infection.
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