As the Coronavirus outbreak continues around the world people are stocking up on a number of items – everything from toilet paper to condoms.
People all over the world are currently doing whatever they can to prevent themselves from getting Coronavirus, from wearing face masks everywhere they go to using hand sanitiser more times a day than they can count.
But methods of prevention seem to be getting more and more extreme and depending on your point of view, some may even say ridiculous.
The latest strategy allegedly sees people panic-buying packets of condoms to put them on their fingers to protect against the virus when pushing elevator buttons in buildings.
Photos have been doing the rounds on social media showing empty Durex condom shelves in stores in Australia and Singapore.
A Facebook user name Thanh Thai shared one such photo on the Ryde District Mum’s page, according to Mail Online.
Alongside the image, she wrote: “Can anybody please tell me what happened.”
Fellow parents explained that there had been a viral post encouraging people to buy condoms and put them on their fingers to avoid Coronavirus.
“There has been some stupid post telling people to put condoms on their fingers to push buttons etc,” replied one user.
Another described it as being “beyond ridiculous”.
Over on Twitter people have also been talking about this, with users sharing photos of people actually wearing the condoms on their fingers.
“Condoms in Singapore sold out amidst Coronavirus fear. Since 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,” wrote one person.
Another said: “Ok so because of the Coronavirus the supermarkets are empty cuz Singaporeans keep stocking up on food at home out of fear of going outside. My mom just told me in one supermarket the condom aisle is completely empty.”
As well as condoms, shoppers around the world have also been stocking up on other everyday items such as toilet paper, soap and hand sanitiser, as cases for Covid-19 jump to 53 in the UK.
The panic has seen eBay shops selling 50p bottles of hand sanitiser gel for as much as £40 as people become desperate to get some.
A number of shops have also now started to sanction how many bottles of hand sanitiser customers can buy at one time as fears of an imminent lethal outbreak across the UK continue to grow.
Concerned shoppers have been unable to get hold of the antibacterial gel at supermarkets nationwide – including Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s.
A number of Boots stores have also sold out of hand sanitizer. In response to the increase in demand and panic for items, a spokesperson for Boots said: “The best way to help prevent catching a virus is by making sure that you regularly wash your hands with soap, and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth to prevent transmission from surfaces, especially after blowing your nose, sneezing and coughing.“Antiviral hand foams and gel can also be useful when you are out and about.”