In fact, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams warns that face masks might actually increase your risk of infection if they aren’t worn properly.
But medical workers who treat patients with the virus do need them. And, the CDC says, it’s crucial that those supplies don’t run out.
The top-selling mask product, a 100-pack of Universal 4533 sanitary dust masks, started selling at $8. The price eventually rose over $200, Helium 10 said.
And even at that price, the product is selling. Or it was—it’s out of stock as of Friday.
… Christina, who lives near San Jose, California, is an “overseas resource” to her nine immediate family members in Hong Kong…
She ordered 1,800 face masks for $222—”pretty good price”—from Staples in January. A few days later, her sister in Hong Kong called—friends in the United States had had their orders canceled. A few days later, Christina’s order was canceled, too.
… Christina placed orders with five other companies. All of them were eventually canceled or back-ordered. She eventually gave up on online shopping.
“I visited so many stores,” she told CNN. “Walmart, Rite-Aid, Target, even grocery stores and dollar stores. Every place was sold out.”
Over two days, she visited 15 stores and found just one box of 20 masks. So she started getting to stores early. She’d stand outside in
line for 30 minutes or more ahead of opening, when she knew stores were restocking their inventory. In January, she was usually the first in
line. But now that it’s nearly March, the lines are longer and supplies are dwindling.