PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - As shoppers in the Phoenix area like Debbie Dilz look for products to help protect them against the coronavirus outbreak, they may increasingly find empty shelves.
“I have asthma. It concerns me a little bit,” said Dilz.
Water is in high demand at all Costco across the Valley. “People are just totally stressed out and I have never seen anything like it,” said one shopper.
Several other big box stores are running out of essential items like toilet paper and bottled water but say they’re working to keep up with demand.
“Definitely hand sanitizer, which I can’t find anywhere by the way, and some stores are low on toilet paper and paper towels,” said Dilz.
“I’m not worried one bit, I think it's all getting blown out of proportion,” said another shopper.
Whether you are or are not prepping for a possible quarantine, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommends stocking up enough food and water for two weeks during an outbreak. That includes dry and canned food, at least a gallon of water a day for each person in your home and, if possible, get a 30-day supply of your medical supplies.
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