Donald Trump’s surprise announcement that he had contracted COVID-19 sent sales of thermometers and disinfectant wipes skyrocketing across the US.
Amazon saw sales of its own branded Solimo disinfecting wipes shoot up nearly 900 per cent following the US president and first lady’s news that they had tested positive for coronavirus on Friday.
According to Jungle Scout data shared with Business Insider, sales of Femometer’s medical oral thermometer jumped 248 per cent on Amazon compared to a day earlier, while sales of various face masks spiked 75 per cent.
Meanwhile sales of items designed to boost customers’ immune systems such as Vitafusion Gummy Vitamins, alongside fingertip pulse oximeters also experienced a surge in sales.
It comes as the US continues to struggle to contain the spread of the virus, seeing tens of thousands of new cases every day.
The president has also been widely criticised for his actions after testing positive for the virus, failing to socially distance or even wear a mask in many cases.
Yesterday Trump greeted fans outside the Walter Reed military medical centre in a surprise drive-by visit, which was quickly and widely condemned as “insane”.
“Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die,” George Washington University’s doctor of emergency medicine James Phillips tweeted.
While his diagnosis has largely been bad news for the stock market, it could be the catalyst which sparks a long anticipated second boost in online purchases that retailers across the US have been preparing for.