Shoppers scramble at grocery stores amid coronavirus fears

Shoppers scramble at grocery stores amid coronavirus fears

As fears escalate across the international spread of this coronavirus, customers are scrambling to construct”pandemic pantries” of meals, healthcare, and other essential items to get ready for possible distribution disruptions or the should stay home.

The weekend found widespread press reports of shoppers crowding supermarkets and big-box retailers such as Costco Wholesale and Walmart and draining shelves of items like hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and home cleansers in addition to dry markets like rice, rice, and canned meals.

Shoppers scramble at grocery stories amid coronavirus fears

Americans are stocking up on essentials amid growing restrictions due to coronavirus. Shoppers fears are two-fold, wondering if there will be enough food and whether it is even safe to enter the stores. CNN's Vanessa Yurkevich reports live from New York City where stores are doing active hourly cleaning and urging shoppers to only buy what they need.

Posted by CNN on Monday, March 16, 2020