Gas prices are dropping nationwide; Experts credit the coronavirus

The price for gas is dropping nationwide and financial experts are crediting the coronavirus.

China, where COVID-19 originated, is the world’s largest importer of oil, and most of China is shut down because of the virus. The need there has dropped significantly, leaving an excess for everyone else.

According to GasBuddy, in the United States, gas prices fell in almost every state. At least 3,000 gas stations are selling gas at under $2 a gallon.

GasBuddy recommends that drivers don’t fill up just yet because prices at the pump are expected to continue to drop if the virus continues to spread.

Health leaders said the lower prices mean you’re at higher risk when you’re at the pump because studies have shown the coronavirus can persist on inanimate surfaces for up to nine days.

It is recommended to use hand sanitizer or wash your hands for a full 20 seconds after using the pump.

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