A man in desperate need of tissues due to a rare life-threatening illness is urging people to stop panic-buying toilet paper.
Peter Oxford from Sydney has cystic fibrosis and goes through a box of tissues a day.
After starting a new life-saving medication, Peter now coughs up an unusual amount of mucus.
Mr Oxford has been caught amid the coronavirus hysteria, where worried shoppers are stockpiling toilet paper, hand sanitiser and face masks.
He has run out of tissues and can't locate anymore as shoppers have cleaned out the shelves of local supermarkets.
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Peter has even left a note to his neighbours in a plea to swap his toilet paper – which he has a lot of – for tissue.
The note reads: "Dear neighbours. I can't find tissues anywhere at our supermarkets, I have cystic fibrosis and need these on a daily basis,' the note read.
"Does anyone have a spare box to leave at my door…I can swap you for a roll of toilet paper.
"Is this what it's come to?"
After sending the note, a kind neighbour send him a box of tissues – however these soon ran out and he was forced to travel to the local shop four times in one day.
Speaking to news.com.au he said: "I went to grocery stores in Roseberry, Greensquare, Waterloo and Zetland. I even went to Bunnings – Nothing.
"I nearly want to cry. It's causing me so much anxiety. People with disabilities are being disadvantaged with all this toilet paper buying."
Mr Oxford was able to buy a pack of tissues yesterday, however even these were at an extortionate price.
He found a box of 80 tissues for $3.50 – more than three times the usual price.
"Usually it's a dollar for 200 tissues…I don't have family near me, I support myself. The coronavirus panic is costing more money for people like myself," he said.
Concerns are growing as people around the world appear to be unable to cope with the fear surrounding the virus.
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