The COVID-19 Shortage Index

This is the latest of product shortages in the age of COVID-19

Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and face masks have become the gold standard of commodities in the age of COVID-19. As people adjust to a new life spent indoors, even more items are becoming increasingly hard to find, flying off both supermarket shelves and disappearing from online stores. Many newly desired items are even experiencing major hikes in prices due to increased demand. In this space, NYCityLens will list the latest shortages, giving viewers an inside look at how many are choosing to spend their money on during “quaran-time.” Visit us often, as this page will be updated weekly to reflect the newest shortages. The most recent items are at the top.

Edition Two: April 12th

  • Webcams
  • Laptops
  • Bleach
  • Dried beans
  • Diapers
  • Baby formula
  • Menstrual products
  • Hair clippers
  • Hair dye
  • Spiral hams
  • Bidets
  • Painter’s tape
  • Condoms

Edition One: April 5th

  • Nintendo Switch
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Freezers
  • Yeast
  • Eggs
  • Thermometers
  • Pandemic board game
  • Live baby chicks
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Latex gloves
  • Flour
  • Gold bars
  • Bottled water

Please keep in mind these shortages don’t necessarily stem from a lack of product, but increased demand by customers. 


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