US shoppers are panic-buying goods amid coronavirus fears — here's what will likely sell out first

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  • US shoppers have started stocking up on masks, hand sanitizer, oat milk, nutrition bars, and more, according to Nielsen data.
  • US sales of hand sanitizer soared 428% in the week ending January 25 compared with the same period last year.
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The novel coronavirus has led to dire shortages at stores in China, Italy2020欧洲杯体育平台, and elsewhere in recent weeks as retailers grapple with supply chain disruptions and a surge in sales of certain products, such as face masks and hand sanitizer. 

Some supply shortages may now be spreading to the US, as consumers rush to stock up on medical supplies and shelf-stable foods.

So what are people buying, exactly?

2020欧洲杯体育平台Nielsen data shows spikes in sales of masks, thermometers, and many shelf-stable foods starting as early as January in the US. 

2020欧洲杯体育平台Here's the list of products that saw some of the biggest sales increases in the week ending January 25 — which is the most recent data available — compared to the same week in 2019, according to Nielsen Retail Measurement Services. 

These items will likely be among the first to sell out as people stock up on goods in preparation for a potentially wider outbreak of the virus.

Oat milk: 441% sales increase

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2020欧洲杯体育平台Oat milk is generally shelf stable, unlike dairy milk.

Medical masks: 428% sales increase

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These include surgical and N95 respirator masks. 

Household maintenance masks: 218% sales increase

A standard dust & particle mask, and an N95 medical respirator mask (bottom), that are part of personal protection and survival equipment kits ordered by customers preparing against novel coronavirus, are seen at Nitro-Pak in Midway, Utah, U.S. February 27, 2020.  REUTERS/George Frey

Thermometers: 43% sales increase

A  doctor takes the temperature of a passenger before he boards a plane at Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong province in 2003.
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Hand sanitizer: 20% sales increase

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Fruit snacks: 10.4% sales increase

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Pretzels: 8.2% sales increase

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Cat food: 7.5% sales increase

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Sanitary pads: 7% sales increase

FILE PHOTO: Incontinence pads and underwear are displayed at a grocery store in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. October 11, 2019.   REUTERS/Richa Naidu

Health and nutrition bars: 6.6% sales increase

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Vitamins: 5.4% sales increase

PCC Community Market Seattle vitamins
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Toilet paper: 5.4% sales increase

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Tampons: 4.5% sales increase

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Water: 2.4% sales increase

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