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The alarm flashed across my phone from one of those news consolidation sites that you sign up for without even knowing. "300% increase in hoarding!!!" That caught my attention.

So I tried to read the lines. I used to be a professional researcher, I can find ANYTHING. There is no documented 300% rise in hoarding disorder. Catherine Thorbecke's online ABC News article from March 4, 2020 9:06AM Americans hoarding hand sanitizer, face masks and oat milk amid coronavirus fears details a 300% increase in oat milk sales in one February week. The history of hand sanitizer—how the coronavirus staple went from mechanic shops to consumer shelves Sat, Mar 28 2020 9:31 AM EDT by Tom Huddleston Jr. cites a 300% increase in hand sanitizer sales from February 2019 to February 2020.

But no 300% increase in hoarding. Which is a good thing. People are stronger than we fear.



Comments (3)

Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Not so fast, there are always lines when there's a rumor of a TP shortage.

Sep 13, 2023 04:32 PM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO

Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754 Good one! Got me laughing despite having COVID. Thank you! Lauren

Sep 14, 2023 09:12 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO  not a hoarder, instead I like to have two or three of everything and when we drop to two I start looking to replace, hence we are never out of anything that I am responsible for, wine, food, paper supplies and water to name a few:)Endre

Sep 13, 2023 11:34 PM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO

Endre Barath, Jr. You and me both! I think the even more important lesson this time is "Question what you read." How in the world a "300% increase in hand sanitizer purchases" mutated to a "300% increasing in hoarding" is beyond me. Lauren

Sep 14, 2023 09:14 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That's terrible that statistics like that are just thrown out without any backup data. Terrible but not at all surprising.

Sep 14, 2023 05:24 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO

Kat Palmiotti AGREED!!! I think it's the internet version of the kids' game "Telephone." Really makes you cautious if you're at all sensible. Lauren

Sep 14, 2023 09:11 AM