In the past few weeks, students and workers were sent home, stock markets plummeted, and the President of the United States declared a national emergency over a continuing growing number of coronavirus-19, or COVID-19, cases in the world. Yet, one of the least talked about impacts of COVID-19 is the sociological effects—particularly the ways people react to self-isolation and the fear and panic of a pandemic.

We are Wilkinson talked to Wilkinson Professor of Sociology and a lead researcher at the Chapman FEAR Survey, Dr. Christopher Bader, who researches the sociology of panic. We talk everything from the danger of panic to how to cope with social distancing, to being socially responsible with toilet paper.