CORONAVIRUS: Some Jewish Stores Running Low On Sanitary Supplies

With cases of coronavirus in the US mounting, many shoppers in Lakewood and across the country have begun stocking up on supplies.

A source with intimate knowledge of the kosher supermarket industry told TLS that some groceries are running low on certain disinfectants and sanitary products like tissues and gloves.

“There is still an abundance of food coming in, but we are definitely seeing a massive spike in the number of shoppers buying Lysol wipes and other products,” the source said. “While we are not concerned about running low on food, there is a distinct possibility that we will run out of Lysol, tissues, gloves, and some other products.”

The source also told TLS that some kosher grocery stores in New York state have already run out of many non-food products.

Three Jewish schools closed today due to confirmed coronavirus cases in their communities, prompting shoppers to grab all the supplies they could before it spreads further.

“Not only are there no more of these products on the shelves, but even the suppliers have none left,” the source said.

There are currently no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus in New Jersey, and the Health Department says the risk to the public is still “very low” and that there is no reason to panic. However, health officials are urging people to wash their hands frequently and do all they can to keep themselves sanitary in order to avoid a possible coronavirus breakout.

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  1. Am I crazy or is this whole thing being blown way out of proportion? It seems that as contagious as this virus is, it’s not dangerous unless someone has other previous medical issues, am I wrong? How is it different than the flu which is not fun to have and millions of people get it every year and probably just as many fatalities as this virus, but nobody makes a big deal about it. The only difference is the vaccination which doesn’t really help much anyway as recent history has shown. The media is very good at fear mongering and we fall for it like sheep. It’s defInitely good for business and the mask and Lysol sellers are making a killing. (There’s gonna be a huge hurricane that will knock out your power for a month, and you therefore need a bomb shelter and supply of food and water to feed an army, oops it was only a heavy rain storm and a day or 2 without power at worst). Relax people, relaaaaax. Yes, Chemed needs to prepare for this bec they are a medical facility but individuals should just pray and hope for the best as we should do all times anyway. Enough said.

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