Analysis

Disagreeability, neuroticism and stress: what drives panic buying during the COVID-19 pandemic

By Peter O'Connor, Jeromy Anglim, Luke Smillie
Updated July 2 2020 - 4:27am, first published July 1 2020 - 11:00pm
Supermarket stores are again being emptied of toilet paper. Picture: Karleen Minney

Panic buying has returned to Australia in the wake of its second-biggest city experiencing a spike in COVID-19. The Victorian government has reimposed stay-at-home restrictions on 36 of Melbourne's 321 suburbs in response.

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