Coronavirus Mask Mania: Baton Rouge Pharmacist can’t keep masks in stock because customers are sending them to relatives in China

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People around the world are buying up protective face masks in hopes of keeping the new virus from China at bay.

As Americans keep a close eye on the spread of the Coronavirus here at home, the Louisiana Department of Health says that the danger is minor.

On Thursday, the shelves at the CVS on Perkins Road were bare.

At The Walgreens Pharmacy on Staring Lane, a pharmacist told us off camera that he can’t keep the masks in stock because customers are sending them to relatives in China.

Cell phone video shows the Bronco Bells Dance Line High School team from Zachary, Louisiana donning masks to stave off any threats of the virus.

The team traveled to the Universal Dance Association National competition in Orlando.

The teams coach, Melanie Anderson bought the masks for all 20 of them for their travels.

However the rush of sales may come at no benefit here at home for buyers for the virus. Orlando Palmer, Owner of Parker’s Pharmacy in Baton Rouge says whether the masks are effective when worn in public.  

“The most popular ones that you’ll find at the local setting will be the disposable masks and pretty much its big during flu season.

It will help if someone is infected with the flu,” said Palmer.

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, while there is still a low risk for Louisiana, the epidemic continues.

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