If you’ve visited a pharmacy, grocery store or big box store recently, you might have noticed quite a few bare shelves. With the novel coronavirus officially taking hold in the United States, people throughout the country seem to be scrambling to take preparedness measures not just to protect themselves from the virus, but also to stock up their homes in case the need to self-quarantine arises. Some people are even concerned that so many people will get sick that many stores and utility companies will actually cease operations at some point. According to the CDC, most of this is unlikely, but people are scared. There have been widespread reports of many stores running out of things like toilet paper, paper towels, bottled water, disinfectants and of course, hand sanitizer.