Coronavirus Outbreak

Fear and hoarding

In times of uncertainty, people are susceptible to fear and groupthink. But experts say the best course of action is to face the fear rationally

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 17, 2020, with the headline 'Fear and hoarding '. Print Edition | Subscribe