Over on Facebook, I recently observed that when things get back to some semblance of normalcy, I’m likely going to emerge with some new tendencies: germophobia, agoraphobia and a suite of new habits that feel a little obsessive-compulsive.

That struck a chord, judging by the comments. My friends wondered if there was such a thing as too much hand-washing? Also, while we’re all decluttering these days, is now really the best time to throw away old clothes? Maybe that fabric will come in handy when we have to start sewing our own masks, right? And, of course, the most common question of all: Just how many packages of Lysol wipes are too many?

Given that the run on toilet paper isn’t over yet, we decided to ask some experts about the psychology of hoarding and other possibly obsessive-compulsive habits—and whether these new behaviours were anything to worry about. The answers were pretty reassuring.

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