By Chauncey Alcorn, CNN Business

May 18, 2020

Add thermometers to the list of medical instruments that are in short supply because of the coronavirus.

Thermometer manufacturers and distributors say the devices were already in high demand earlier this year when healthcare providers started ordering more to scan for the emerging wave of Covid-19 patients. Average consumers were also panic-buying thermometers along with toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

More recently, massive employers — including state governments and major corporations — have been ordering thermometers for daily wellness checks on their employees. Thermometer makers say demand has outstripped supply as stores and offices across the nation begin to reopen.

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