As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across the world, thousands of people are buying face masks to protect themselves.
Some local stores in cities like New York, Houston and San Francisco have told DailyMail.com that supplies are running low and, while major retailers like CVS and Walgreens haven’t yet run out online or at the national level, shortages are starting to crop up.
And a recent national survey found that nearly 96 percent of a small sample of pharmacists said they’d had shortages while restocking and Amazon has introduced measures to beat back price gouging and inflation for the products.
Despite US officials’ warnings that the masks are not (yet) necessary to wear in the US or on planes, celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Bella Hadid and Kate Hudson have taken selfies wearing masks out of ‘paranoia.’
The US government even says that it is planning to stockpile 300 million masks in preparation.
The virus, also known as COVID-19, has now sickened more than 82,500 people worldwide and killed more than 2,800.
So will a mask actually prevent you from getting sick?
DailyMail.com breaks down the different types of masks out there, where to buy them – and why they probably won’t prevent someone from coming down with the virus.