The coronavirus pandemic has caused a supply chain disruption at supermarkets and pharmacies across the country, revealing what Americans will immediately buy off the shelves in times of a health crisis.
The Washington Examiner did an aisle-by-aisle survey of a handful of local supermarkets and pharmacies in the Washington, D.C. metro area and found most had a low supply or complete absence of certain products after consumers rushed to the stores to make bulk purchases.
Soaps, cleaners, and disinfectants
The American public has been bombarded by the media, lawmakers, and public service announcements to routinely sanitize their hands and homes during the pandemic.
All types of hand cleaners and hand soaps had disappeared from the aisles of supermarket and pharmacy store shelves in the D.C. region. The same was true for household cleaning solutions and disinfectants.