Netherlands PM says what we all want to hear: There’s enough toilet paper

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While we’re cooped up at home, fretting over our coronavirus supply stockpiles, there’s one thing we’re wanting more than anything: toilet paper. At least one country has enough for a decade. 

In the Netherlands, people don’t have to worry about running out of toilet paper, the country’s prime minister said Thursday, according to Reuters. Mark Rutte noted that it’s already appearing on store shelves again after people earlier panic bought the essential bathroom product last week. 

“There’s enough in the whole country for the coming 10 years,” Rutte told a supermarket shopper while visiting the store to support workers. “We can all poop for 10 years.”

Looking for toilet paper? You're not the only one. 


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The coronavirus was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. It has been linked to a family of viruses known as coronaviruses, which include SARS and MERS, and the WHO has labeled COVID-19 a pandemic. It’s changing the way we live and forcing people across the globe to stay at home and isolate themselves from others. 

The crisis has caused schools to close, while other closures have swept across the country, from Broadway theaters to NBA venues. Starting Tuesday, the San Francisco Bay Area was put on lockdown, with citizens ordered to stay at home except for essential outings. 

The lockdowns and worries about the coronavirus have caused people to rush their grocery stores, pharmacies and corner bodegas in an effort to have enough supplies to last weeks — or possibly months — confined at home. In the US, there has been particular concern about toilet paper. 

A shortage of the essential product is a reality, with stores everywhere from California to Iowa picked clean. But most experts believed store shelves should soon be restocked, and consumer product companies have assured the public that they’re making and distributing toilet paper as fast as they can.

Until our local Costcos and Trader Joe’s have a steady supply, we’ll just have to hope the US is like the Netherlands: Prepared for a decade’s worth of poop. 

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