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The Hand-Sanitizer Hawkers Aren’t Sorry

On Craigslist, you can find Purell for 10 times its normal price.
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“I saw a little bit of an opportunity. Worst-case scenario, I have hand sanitizer for the next six years,” Anthony Del Zio, a 39-year-old Long Island man who owns an industrial-power-washing company, told me on the phone.

Two weeks ago, Del Zio went to the drugstores near his house, as well as a Dollar Tree, and stocked up on hand sanitizer. At the time, there were no confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in New York State, but he had a hunch that his efforts would be worthwhile. As of this morning, 173 cases have been in New York, a large share of the . In response to the exploding case numbers, people all over the country have been preparing for of prolonged quarantine by supplies such as food, toiletries, and other household staples—along with hand sanitizer and face masks, which they hope will protect them from the disease when they do venture out in public. But Del Zio was a

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