On first viewing the Singaporean choice of panic buying amidst coronavirus fears indicates they are substantially more fun than their prepping Aussie counterparts.
While we raid the shelves of Coles and Woolies for two dozen packs of toilet paper, locals in Singapore are hitting up the aisles to rid supermarkets of their condom stocks.
But, remarkably, their choice of staple purchase is not all it seems.
That’s because the Singaporean sheath sell-out has been sparked not by the overly amorous, but by those who are turning to them to put on their fingers.
Several people have taken to social media to show pictures of empty shelves that would otherwise contain the rubber contraception.
And some have revealed the cause behind the stockpiling is that people are using as makeshift gloves to prevent the spread of the virus.
One Twitter user, who goes by the name Siddharth Misra, shared an image of someone with a condom on their finger pushing an elevator button, and wrote:
“Condoms in Singapore sold out amidst coronavirus fear.
“Singaporeans have been using the condom as a protective measure when touching the elevator buttons in their apartments and other buildings to prevent being contaminated.”
And, in a way, it’s a pretty inventive solution.
Especially given that in parts of Australia and over in the UK, pharmacy stores and supermarkets have been running out of hand sanitiser amid the outbreak of the virus.
But it may require some explaining if you’re seen filling up your shopping trolley with them.
This content was originally published here.