In August 1894, angry crowds marched through the streets of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, protesting the isolation of smallpox victims as residents openly defied the orders of the city’s public health officials. The protests began with a trickle in January and culminated in full-scale rioting by August. The scare centered around rumors that the city’s Isolation Hospital was spreading the disease. More recently, riots broke out in eastern China over the appearance of SARS in 2003 as quarantine centers were attacked. During the Ebola outbreak of 2014-15, there was rioting for several days in Liberia after healthy residents in a section of the capital of Monrovia suddenly found themselves surrounded and under quarantine. When authorities escorted a government official out of the area, anger turned to violence as people were furious over the perceived injustice. … [Read more...] about What’s Driving the Lockdown Protests Over COVID-19?
A small supermarket called Rotunden popularized this in Denmark. To curb the hoarding of hand sanitizer, they priced the first at a very reasonable kr40 ($6). Any bottles beyond this first one? That’ll cost you Kr1000 ($147) each. This sharp rise in pricing has seemed to cool the hoarding of this otherwise hot commodity. … [Read more...] about Who Hoards? The Personality of Stockpiling Behavior