buying is an "irrational"
that is part of a condition called FOMO - the
of missing out. Dr Katharina Wittgens said a
mentality sets in during disasters that causes people to copy the actions of others. People watch the news of
being bought in bulk and immediately rush out to the stores to do the
. She said people were overestimating the risks of dying from the coronavirus. She said: "Far more people die in car
or household accidents per year but we don't panic about these
in the morning before we go to
." Singapore's prime minister reassured Singaporeans that: "We have ample supplies. There's no
to stock up."