I suspect that this is one mystery that will never be solved.
You might notice something unusual, not to mention unfortunate, next time you try to stock up on bathroom supplies at your local grocery store. Not just the bare shelves where hand sanitizer and cleansing wipes were plentiful only a few weeks ago, but the empty aisles where toilet paper usually abounds in quantities from single rolls to packages of more than a dozen. Some are even adorned with signs limiting the number of purchases per customer. Such caps have become a trend in the U.S. and Canada after supermarkets in the United Kingdom ran out and grocery stores across Australia hired security guards to make sure the rules are followed. What’s the reason for the run, especially when toilet paper isn’t known to have any virus-blocking properties? One is reason is that people are going to extremes because of conflicting messages, Steven Taylor, a clinical psychologist and author of “The Psychology of Pandemics,” told CNN.Why is toilet paper vanishing from supermarkets? | Fox Business