Coronavirus emergency supplies are now running out in the United States as outbreak spreads

Sunday, February 2, 2020
By Paul Martin

by: Ethan Huff
Sunday, February 02, 2020

Panic is rising in the United States due to coronavirus, and emergency supplies are consequently in increasingly short supply.

Reports indicate that stores in Brooklyn, New York, are already starting to run out of personal care products, including at least three pharmacies and a local Target that completely sold out of individual-sized hand sanitizer products over the weekend.

These same stores – and likely others – also ran out of disposable surgical face masks, as did, which listed various surgical masks and personal anti-dust masks as being “unavailable.”

“Everyone was buying those pocket bottles because of the China flu,” stated an employee from Brooklyn to Breitbart News about the sharp rise in panic buying.

Such shortages are also occurring in Asia, which is to be expected. Face masks, hand sanitizers, and other products are disappearing from store shelves, and many unscrupulous businesses that still have them are reportedly spiking their prices.

Chicago is also reporting shortages of face masks and other emergency supplies, particularly in Chinatown where people have been lining up outside for the chance to purchase what few supplies remain.

“By early afternoon Friday, the lone Walgreens in Chinatown was sold out” of face masks, reported the Chicago Tribune (as republished by Breitbart News).

“Meanwhile, some events celebrating Lunar New Year were canceled, and restaurant owners in the community complained of waning business.”

The global drug supply is also at risk of shortages due to coronavirus

Emergency supply shortages are also being reported in Toronto and elsewhere as new cases of coronavirus emerge pretty much across the globe at this point, raising fears of a global pandemic.

And it’s not just emergency supplies that are waning: Life-saving drugs are also being bought out, which some worry could create global shortages for pharmaceuticals.

“This outbreak just underscores what can happen in a worst-case scenario,” says Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease physician at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

“Any kind of supply shock or instability would render the drug supply vulnerable,” he added. “With this outbreak, it is concerning whether or not the stability of our supply chain will remain intact.”

Keep in mind that even though Wuhan isn’t China’s largest hub for manufacturing pharmaceuticals, it is a major center for bio-pharmaceutical research and development. And as of this writing, all travel in and out of the city has been halted, which means no drugs are leaving its boundaries.

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