Coronavirus, or COVID-19 with its new name, has been affecting people and governments all around the world. People have started to stockpile various items such as food, drinks, and tissue-hygiene products. Toilet tissue, particularly, is the one hygienic item that is sold the most.
The fact that there is a globally growing deadly epidemic, naturally, scared everyone. Coronavirus affects lives in many ways. Not everyone dies of the disease but governments come up with new rules to protect their people. For example, a potential curfew can destroy lots of people’s lives and the way they live. To prevent that, stockpiling started. Which is also considered as “panic buying” in psychology.
Panic buying can lead to an increase in prices and take essential goods out of the hands of people who need them the most. Such as face masks for health workers. Since the day we met COVID-19 the panic led people to buy face masks. Manufacturers decided to turn this situation into the advantage. In Britain, a 20-pack of face masks costing more than $100 on e-commerce sites like eBay and Etsy.
Supermarkets in the countries that declared the virus has reached them are running low on essential items. On the news and social media platforms, people share irrational purchasing’s pictures. Australians, for instance, have been stockpiling everyday items such as toilet paper in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As a result of the demand for toilet paper KCA Facility in Australia has ramped up its 24-hour production. And this demand is not only for toilet tissues but hygienic goods too. Manufacturers of tissues and hand sanitisers are boosting production to keep up with a surge in demand prompted by COVID-19 concerns.
It is shared by the UK’s largest tissue paper supplier that Britain’s Coronavirus outbreak, too, has seen a large demand for toilet paper. Householders are stockpiling as the infection continues to spread and it is followed by the surge in hand sanitiser sales that led to shortages and the introduction of rationing.
In the U.S. Costco Wholesale has faced a run on supplies. Hirofumi Hayashi, the chairman of Japan’s paper manufacturing companies, told a news conference that there are a sufficient supply and inventory of toilet and tissue paper.
Coronavirus and panic-buying had a good impact on the tissue and hygiene industry. The increasing demand led tissue manufacturers to produce and sell more. The need and demand for hygiene and tissue products will be rising steadily as long as COVID-19 is around.
Zeynep Şevval Taşar