The Covid-19 pandemic is making beasts of people. Whether we’re pretending to be infectious disease experts on Facebook, or we’re just acting out of fear that we won’t be able to fill our much-needed, life-saving prescriptions (a real growing concern), there’s a lot of anxiety, panic, racism, and hoarding going on.
One day, we’re gonna look back at 2020 and remember the time we treated every Target or Walmart like a department store on Black Friday…just so we could secure 52 weeks’ worth of toilet paper. It’s gotten so bad that Australia started leveraging their garden supply for bathroom time.
For all of you people out there ready to knock an old lady over in the housing goods aisle just to get as much toilet paper as you think you’ll need, check out this tweet shared by Twitter user @natfigbar, who shared a viral Facebook post about courtesy and kindness amid the coronavirus stockpiling panic.
A tweet by medical student Julia Simons echoes this sentiment nicely:
Panic buying is a symptom of a dysfunctional society diseased with individualism— Julia Simons (@SJimons) March 6, 2020
To those with litres of soap at home- do you realise that to slow the transmission of COVID-19 you need other people to be cleaning their hands too?!
A fortress of toilet paper will not protect you
Obviously, the tweet struck a chord because the post went pretty viral.
Totally there pic.twitter.com/Qk7Syfn4EK— Matt weihs (@MatthewWeihs) March 8, 2020
Because there has been a LOT of toilet paper hoarding, let’s be real:
Went to the grocery store today for the first time in a couple weeks. Almost had a panic attack while there from everyone acting like they were in legit survival mode around me. And wtf is up with people hoarding toilet paper?? 🤨 pic.twitter.com/bxfmlrJMaj— LaurenZside (@LaurenzSide) March 12, 2020
Basically, all of the people hoarding toilet paper will be the financial wizards of the future.— Serema Storm (@SeremaStorm) March 12, 2020
Good to know. pic.twitter.com/p3f3kzvcn3
A lot of people claimed, though, that humans have always put survival and themselves first—a pretty bleak response.
3 people clinging to a cliff by their fingernails; a pregnant woman, a young child & my own son. Who do I save first? MY OWN SON..every time, all the time. If I can help the other two afterwards I will but I know my priorities. I would expect the same in reverse. #myfamilyfirst— Andrew Maunder (@AndyMbbsc) March 4, 2020
I don't get the rush on loo paper but my next shop will include extra staples; rice pasta fish chicken veg & bread making ingredients. Trouble is, its nice to be nice, but at heart the human race is about survival & survival = preparation. #myfamilyfirst— Andrew Maunder (@AndyMbbsc) March 4, 2020
That asteroid should hit us. It's for the best— SamMehaff (@i_mehaff) March 4, 2020
People are kindly reminding others that the government recommends having just two weeks’ worth of supply. Unless something is very, profoundly wrong with your gut, that’s not 40 rolls of TP:
The funny thing is the government is saying to have at least a 2 week supply on hand ...— Krillanna (@youthmrwhite) March 4, 2020
Which is like, four rolls of toilet paper. People shouldn't be clearing shelves.— DeeJay🏳️🌈 (@DeeJayDragon) March 4, 2020
But in the end, we ARE stronger together—and when we think rationally, pragmatically, and with compassion toward others.
You seem to forget that together we’re stronger or shall I remind you of Caesar’s from the Planet Of The Apes wise words, “Ape together strong.”— Ms. Figueroa Barroso (@NatFigBar) March 4, 2020
Always to help your family you must help others. Don’t be selfish and foolish.