“The Surgeon General just made an announcement last week, really stressing that only sick individuals need to wear masks… we do not need to wear them just for general purposes,” explained Kaufman. In the meantime, Kaufman says it’s best to remain calm while staying prepared for any situation. However, Broome County health experts say this rush isn’t entirely necessary just yet, as the scare hasn’t been too alarming in the area. “We’ve been getting some supplies like masks and hand sanitizers and some rubbing alcohol and people are still buying it and it’s been on and off coming in,” said Apalachin Pharmacy owner, Jay Lalkyia. The Apalachin Pharmacy says it’s trying to keep up with the demand of medical supplies like face masks, hand sanitizer, and medicine as those products are flying off the shelves. Director of Public Health, Rebecca Kaufman, says it’s often better to use the cheaper option of simple soap and water, rather than spending a lot of money on hand sanitizer. She has similar things to say about face masks, adding it’s only necessary for the people who are currently ill. (WBNG) — As people rush to local stores to get medical supplies like face masks and hand sanitizer amid Coronavirus concerns, Broome County Health Department is saying not to rush in a panic yet.