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Toilet paper flowing off South Florida shelves with no real explanation why

Psychiatrist explains how people are coping with COVID-19

A familiar scene in supermarkets across South Florida: empty shelves in the toilet paper aisle.
A familiar scene in supermarkets across South Florida: empty shelves in the toilet paper aisle. (WPLG)

MIAMI – By now, you've probably seen the empty shelves where toilet paper normally sits in grocery stores.

People are buying it up as they navigate life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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But why toilet paper?

"It's primal," says Dr. Daniel Bober, Chief of Psychiatry at Memorial. "It's something people feel like they can control."

Dr. Bober also explains that it represents what doctors call "the psychology of scarcity." People see others buying it and feel as though they must also buy it before it runs out.

You can listen to the rest of Dr. Bober’s interview here:

By now, you've probably seen the empty shelves where toilet paper normally sits in grocery stores.
By now, you've probably seen the empty shelves where toilet paper normally sits in grocery stores.

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About the Author:

Clay Ferraro joined the Local 10 News team in 2014 to take his dream job: covering big-time sports at a first-class station in paradise.