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Chemist Warehouse sells out of face masks and hand sanitiser due to coronavirus fears 

Chemist Warehouse and other chains SELL OUT of face masks across Australia while hand sanitiser is scarce as fears grow over the spread of the coronavirus in Australia

  • Coronavirus fears has seen demand for face masks and hand sanitiser skyrocket 
  • Chemist Warehouse and other chains are fully sold out of masks and sanitiser
  • Many chemists do not know when they will get new stock and have written signs 
  • Dr Harry Nespolon said the government should release its face mask stockpile
  • Recent bushfires have depleted the supply of medical masks across Australia 

Chemists across Australian have sold out of face masks and hand sanitiser amid growing fears that coronavirus is spreading across the nation. 

Australia’s largest pharmacy chain Chemist Warehouse has no face masks in stock in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart, or Darwin. 

Other major chains such as Priceline, Amcal, Star Pharmacy, Blooms The Chemist and a number of independent vendors have either run out or have very few in stock.

Coronavirus fears have seen the demand skyrocket for face masks and hand sanitiser as shoppers attempt to protect themselves against the disease. 

Now, experts are calling on the government to release its emergency stockpile of an estimated 10 million medical masks. 

Australia’s largest pharmacy chain Chemist Warehouse has no face masks in stock in stores in major cities due to fears that coronavirus is spreading. Pictured: A Chemist Warehouse shelf in Sydney

Why medical supplies are selling out

Face masks have been in high demand over the bushfire season

Now, face masks are seeing increased demand due to corona virus fears

However, face masks are not 100% effective as they do not completely seal off the mouth and nose 

Face masks are more effective at quarantining an infected person 

Professionals say that washing your hands is the best protection as it can stop virus from spreading 

This is why hand sanitisers are selling out across Australia  

Daily Mail Australia contacted a number of chemists and discovered that many did not know when they were going to get more stock because demand was so high. 

On Tuesday, Priceline in North Sydney was delivered 300 masks but ran out by 2pm.

Two Chemist Warehouse stores in Sydney wrote messages to customers, in English and Chinese, informing them they were completely sold out.  

Another common problem was larger quantities of hand sanitiser were sold out, while only smaller bottles remained.  

In addition, Bunnings hardware stores were either sold out of P2 and N95 masks or quickly running out of stock. 

 Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Queensland president Chris Campbell said the best way to stop disease spread is hygiene.

‘It’s (face masks) not necessarily the mask that’s going to be the solution for them — there’s other things that they can do,’ he told the ABC. 

‘Keep up that hand hygiene, and by that it’s just making sure we’re always washing our hands if we’ve been in areas with contact with other people.’ 

Coronavirus fears have seen the demand skyrocket for face masks and hand sanitiser as shoppers attempt to protect themselves against the disease. Pictured: Masked passengers in Sydney Airport

Coronavirus fears have seen the demand skyrocket for face masks and hand sanitiser as shoppers attempt to protect themselves against the disease. Pictured: Masked passengers in Sydney Airport 

Two Chemist Warehouse stores in Sydney wrote messages to customers, in English and Chinese, informing them they were completely sold out. Pictured: A Chemist Warehouse store in Campsie

Two Chemist Warehouse stores in Sydney wrote messages to customers, in English and Chinese, informing them they were completely sold out. Pictured: A Chemist Warehouse store in Campsie 

However, now that hand sanitiser is also selling out, people may have to simply wash their hands with soap in the sink.  

Mr Campbell said that health agencies would intervene and provide masks, provided there was a serious enough outbreak. 

Dr Harry Nespolon, President of the Royal Australian College of GPs, said the government needs to release its emergency stockpile of masks.    

‘The thing we need most as GPs is some masks,’ said Dr Harry Nespolon told The Sydney Morning Herald. 

‘They are not readily available. They are not easy to get. And I gather the Commonwealth has 10 million stored at the moment. This is the time they should be distributing some.’

With chemists unable to keep up with demand, experts are calling on the Federal government to release its emergency stockpile of an estimated 10 million medical masks

With chemists unable to keep up with demand, experts are calling on the Federal government to release its emergency stockpile of an estimated 10 million medical masks

Bunnings hardware stores were either sold out of P2 and N95 masks or quickly running out of stock. Pictured: A Bunnings store in Sydney's west

Bunnings hardware stores were either sold out of P2 and N95 masks or quickly running out of stock. Pictured: A Bunnings store in Sydney’s west 

The increased demand for masks amid Coronavirus fears comes after the most recent bushfire season also saw Australians arm themselves with masks to protect themselves from smoke. 

So far, five people have contracted Coronavirus in Australia. 

Meanwhille, 80 people have died from the disease in China and there have been more than 2,700 confirmed cases globally. 

Can you buy a face mask?

Sydney 

Chemist Warehouse Sydney – face masks and hand sanitiser out of stock 

Amcal Sydney – face masks and hand sanitiser out of stock 

Star Pharmacy, West Ryde – face masks out of stock,  running low hand sanitiser 

Priceline, North Sydney – face masks and hand sanitiser out of stock

Blooms  the chemist, Northbridge – out of facemasks, hand sanitiser in stock

Bunnings, Alexandria – P2 and N95 masks out of stock

Melbourne

Chemist Warehouse Melbourne – face masks and hand sanitiser out of stock 

Star Pharmacy, Kew – face masks and hand sanitiser out of stock

Priceline, Franklin Street – face masks and hand sanitiser out of stock

Blooms the Chemist, Toorak – face masks out of stock, hand sanitiser in stock 

Bunnings, Port Melbourne – P2 masks out of stock, N95 in stock

Brisbane 

Chemist Warehouse, Adelaide Street – face masks and hand sanitiser out of stock

Priceline, Macarthur Central –  face masks and hand sanitiser out of stock

Adelaide 

Chemist Warehouse, Rundle Mall – face masks and hand sanitiser out of stock 

Hobart 

Chemist Warehouse Hobart – face masks and hand sanitiser out of stock

Canberra 

Chemist Warehouse, Woden – face masks out of stock, small sanitisers in stock

Perth 

Chemist Warehouse, Perth – face masks and hand sanitiser out of stock

Darwin

Chemist Warehouse, Darwin – face masks out of stock, hand sanitsier in stock

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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