Coronavirus: The psychology of fear and why people hoard masks and instant noodles

Shelves with instant noodles at a FairPrice outlet near Braddell Road, on Feb 10, 2020.
Shelves with instant noodles at a FairPrice outlet near Braddell Road, on Feb 10, 2020.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Frenzied queues to buy masks and stockpiling of instant noodles, tinned food and toilet paper are some of the behaviours witnessed here since the coronavirus reached Singapore's shores in recent weeks.

Other examples of fearful responses include landlords turfing out tenants who spent the Chinese New Year break in China and some people shunning Victoria Junior College students, after a teacher from the school was infected.

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