Not seeing too many “news” stories about food insecurity or supply chain breakdown.
I do keep seeing news stories about small businesses getting back to work, and every one of the small businesses they show have “oodles and oodles” of ear-loop masks to give to each and every client and worker in their shop. Excuse me for being incredulous… but there ain’t no ear-loop masks to be found anywhere in the United states. Where are they getting these masks???
Since my wife will be needing PPE masks for her work once they release the stay at home orders in our state I tried to find some PPE masks this past saturday. I went to 2 local grocery stores (fry’s and walmart), 2 cvs pharmacies and 2 walgreen pharmacies - I found no masks and no gloves in any of them. Since I am a persistent sort, i also talked to the manager at each store to find out if and when they will be getting masks. All of them told me a similar story of having put in orders for masks every week for the past 6 weeks and having received zero masks, nada, crickets.
I then went online to search every major outlet for basic ear-loop masks - the only place i found any was on amazon. But the only thing they have left to order - with a mid-june to early july delivery date - are china made masks of “dubious” quality for $1/each. The ratings are horrific. I did find some price-gouged real 3m masks on ebay going for $3-4 per mask.
I don’t know, maybe the states are selling the masks to small businesses within each state??
if you know how/where to purchase a simple ear-loop face mask please let me know.
In the meantime I am suggesting a new Hashtag challange –
Can you find a facemask???