CHICO, Calif. - Growing concerns about the coronavirus have some people stockpiling products like hand sanitizers.
Action News Now checked out several stores in Chico, to find out if the fear is causing a shortage in local stores.
WinCo Foods in Chico, California share message to customers after several people scrabble to gather hand sanitizer.
Hand sanitizers - millions of people use them every day.
"These are something I keep on hand all the time," said Anne Wheelock, Chico resident.
But some stores in Chico are running out.
"Surprising! They should have a hell of a lot more," said Pat Conley, Chico resident.
A picture showing an empty Walmart shelf - it's normally packed with hand sanitizers - Now? Empty!
"I guess its a little bit worrisome," said Chico resident, Sam Miller. He added, "I think it's spreading fast enough and it has the potential to be a pretty big problem."
At WinCo, employees posted a sign limiting how much customers can purchase, not just hand sanitizer but other cleaning supplies as well.
"I think its definitely ok to be too prepared especially with how many deaths there have been with the coronavirus," said Chico resident, Sierra Seko.
Action News Now checked with Target and Walgreens; both are also out of hand sanitizer.
"If you can, just don't go to crowds. Don't go to any crowd of people. I would avoid concerts," Wheelock said.
Butte County Public Health officials recommend always washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds. If you need to cough, cough on your shoulder or a napkin.
Action News Now checked the Walmarts in Oroville and Redding, they are also out of hand sanitizer.