Chattanooga has a face mask shortage at pharmacies

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CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – As the Coronavirus continues to spread, so does the fear of many Americans.

Pharmacies and online retailers, worldwide, have begun running out of face masks.

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Access Family Pharmacy has been locally owned in Chattanooga for over sixty years.

They house supplies for public and private use, and they are completely out of face masks.

The current face mask shortage in China has lead many people to attempt to buy supplies in the U.S. and send them overseas.



Doctor Jordan Morrison with Access Family Pharmacy says they ran out of all their face masks at the end of January, and won’t be expecting anymore until mid-March.

“We had multiple people who have family there, and they bought every box that they could get their hands on. We continued to order them after that and still have been selling them. Currently our main wholesale is out of stock and we’re estimating a date at the end of March or beginning of April before those would be available again.”

Doctor Jordan says face masks were designed for different purposes and only certain types of masks will actually guard against infectious diseases.

For the record, health care officials says masks are better at keeping you from spreading a virus than keeping you from getting one.