It seems coronavirus fears have hit Loudoun County — at least based on the crowds stocking up at area stores. Reports are coming in from multiple sources of crammed aisles, long lines and shelves empty of key items.
One source who was at the Leesburg Walmart said water, bleach, and ibuprofen were wiped out. Hand sanitizers have been sold out for days and disinfectant wipes are in scarce supply.
Another source at a local Costco said paper towels and toilet paper were sold out.
Some stores also appeared to be marketing to the coronavirus scare — moving critical items like antibacterial cleaning supplies to the front of the store.
One shopper compared the crowds to Black Friday. Another said it was like when a hurricane threatens Florida and people stock up — only this is happening nationwide.
Same thing is happening online where many brands of disinfect wipes, hand sanitizers and medical-type face masks are sold out and on back order.