PHOTOS: Store Shelves Across the Country Are Emptying Fast

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by Daisy Luther

As people across the country frantically attempt to get prepared for the possibility of quarantines and illness during the Covid-19 outbreak, store shelves across the country are getting stripped bare. And with the supply chain interruptions that we’ve written about previously, some of these items may not be coming back any time soon.

I asked a group of readers to show me what their local stores looked like and the photos that follow are the ones they sent me.

Washington State

Franklin County, Tennessee

Lake Charles, Louisiana

New Hampshire

Greenville, South Carolina






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Spring, Texas

Azle, Texas




Belle Vernon


East Gate


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Dartmouth, Massachusetts




Not every store is barren.

Several readers told me things were business as usual in their local stores. Folks from Oklahoma, the Mid-West, Northern Virginia, coastal Virginia, Boston, Niagara Falls, Montana, and Indiana report business as usual in fully stocked stores. I was in Columbus, Ohio on business over the weekend and checked out the stores there. I saw no visible interruption in supplies.

A source from a Walmart store in the midwest told me that the warehouses are now distributing goods like toilet paper and cleaning supplies, and that managers can no longer order specifics

The things that are sold out

There’s a distinct pattern in the things that have sold out (or nearly sold out.)

  • Masks
  • Gloves
  • Bleach
  • Lysol spray
  • Lysol or bleach wipes
  • Toilet paper
  • Canned Tuna
  • Vitamin C
  • Cold and flu remedies
  • Bottled Water
  • Rice
  • Powdered milk
  • Hand sanitizer

Surprisingly, there was little mention of canned goods, something I personally grabbed for my daughter’s house.

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It’s not just an American thing.

Many other countries are also seeing shortages. Here are some photos contributed from outside the US.


Stockholm, Sweden

As well, a friend from Germany told me that cleaning and sanitation supplies were dwindling quickly at the local hospital.

My doctor told me today he will need to cancel his operations room because he can no longer get access to antibacterials and I needed to use a wound spray to change the bandage for a surgery wound and he had to call the pharmacy and use his special doctor pull to get me the last wound spray on hold!

When will things go back to normal?

If the virus continues to spread (along with panic) we can only expect to see more bare shelves.  As we’ve written before, the United States is extremely dependent on China for a wide variety of essential consumer and medical items. Since the factories haven’t been running regularly since early January, there simply are no products to ship.

And if they are being shipped, are they arriving in our ports? That’s the big question, as the virus has been said to last up to 9 days on surfaces. Will the United States allow these shipments to come into the country?

How are the supplies looking at your local stores? What kinds of things are local shops running out of? Share your experiences in the comments.

Daisy Luther

About the Author

Daisy Luther

Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, globe-trotting blogger. She is the founder and publisher of three websites.  1) The Organic Prepper, which is about current events, preparedness, self-reliance, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, 2)  The Frugalite, a website with thrifty tips and solutions to help people get a handle on their personal finances without feeling deprived, and 3), an aggregate site where you can find links to all the most important news for those who wish to be prepared. She is widely republished across alternative media and  Daisy is the best-selling author of 5 traditionally published books and runs a small digital publishing company with PDF guides, printables, and courses. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, Gab, MeWe, Parler, Instagram, and Twitter.

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