Across the country and even here in Lafayette pharmacies and stores are seeing empty store shelves as people stock up on supplies reacting to the Coronavirus outbreak.
If you’re looking for face masks or hand sanitizer you may have a hard time finding them here in Acadiana. News 15 went to at least 10 stores across Lafayette including Walmart and Cosco and they are completely sold out.
Now the manager at Drug Emporium says in the 20 years he’s been working there he’s never seen anything like this.
“It’s never this bad during flu season,” said Duncan.
Looking at a pretty sparse shelf Duncan says this is all they have left.
“We have a few organic sanitizers everything else is sold out,” said Duncan.
He says Louisianans are searching for ways to protect themselves because the fear of the virus has grown.
“Due to the Coronavirus everyone wants hand sanitizer and they want facial masks which are the two things that first come to mind,” said Duncan. “Also they’re looking to buy bleach really any product that has Clorox in the bottle they’re buying it out. “
Since multiple people have died across the United States from the virus, the stores can’t keep the items in stock.
“We got hand sanitizer in on Monday several hundred bottles and we got in our canister wipes several hundred and we sold them all in one day,” said Duncan. “They’re gone “
The masks were a hot commodity too especially worldwide.
“They’re gone,” said Duncan. “We don’t have any masks. We’ve sold out and our whole sellers are out so we aren’t able to obtain any right now. People ask when we will get more and I can’t say because we won’t get any until they get some.”
Most customers say they are not panicking buying the hand sanitizers but they are taking precautions.
“It helps you know when you go and touch baskets, doors, everything,” said Margie McGee, a customer at the store.
So now that everywhere is almost sold out some are taking it into their own hands to make their own.
“I’m going to try to make it and see if it works,” said McGee.
In the recipe, it calls for 2/3 of rubbing alcohol, 1/3 cup of Aloe vera gel, and 5 to 10 drops of essential oil.
Doctors say it’s just as good as the actual sanitizers.
If you don’t want to make your own you could go online, but looking at prices on Amazon you could pay a pretty penny.
“I’ve seen it as high as $100 I’ve seen masks for one for $20,” said Duncan.
Duncan says there is no need to panic because the old fashioned way is the way to go.
“The best thing you can do is just wash your hands with soap and water and that’ll care of it,” said Duncan. “Wash your hands a lot.”
Now healthcare officials say the masks don’t do you much good. They say people who really need those masks are healthcare officials and people who may already have the disease.