US stores see spike in face mask demand amid coronavirus concerns

U.S. stores are running out of face masks over coronavirus concerns.

Businesses in New York and California are selling out of the medical items, Axios reports.

“The biggest thing I’m seeing is people buying them to send them back to China,” New York pharmacy manager Rob Luckman told the New York Post.

A decade ago, the H1N1 virus caused another big demand for face masks.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes that an immediate coronavirus risk in America is currently low.

The department adds that instances of the disease are expected to rise in the future.

“We fully expect that in the coming days and weeks, we will see more cases of this new coronavirus here in the United States and globally,” HHS said, according to Axios.

So far in the U.S., there are just a few official cases of coronavirus.

Should an emergency happen, HHS says it has plenty of masks in its Strategic National Stockpile.


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