Many medical supply stores are attempting to keep up with demand but are quickly selling out.
However, the Director of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama-Birmingham says that face masks will not completely protect a person from the coronavirus.
“If you can get a face mask, that’s fine. If you can’t get a face mask, don’t panic. A face mask is not going to protect you from everything and it won’t protect you totally from this virus,” said Jeanna Marrazzo, M.D. “Hand washing is if not more important than a face mask because most of the time we transmit these viruses through hand-to-hand contact or body-to-body contact, surface-to-hand contact.”
Health officials say they are working on a vaccine for the virus, but it may not be available for more than a year.