Green River Star -

By David Martin

Coronavirus concerns hit home

Smith's sells out of bathroom tissue, hand sanitizer


March 11, 2020

David Martin

Shelves normally holding bathroom tissue were completely empty at Smith's Tuesday morning. Heavy demand for the tissue, as well as hand sanitizer are attributed to fears related to the spread of coronavirus.

As illness caused by the novel coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world, with many states throughout the country reporting cases, local awareness continues to grow.

The new strain of coronavirus, dubbed COVID-19, causes a respiratory illness similar to the flu. However, according to the World Health Organization, about one in six people become severely ill and develop problems breathing. Elderly people, as well as those with underlying medical issues like high blood pressure or diabetes are more likely to develop severe symptoms that require medical treatment. More than 100,000...

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