(Bloomberg) -- With millions of Mexicans out of work due to Covid-19, some are seizing on the pandemic to trade in medical and other equipment, solving shortages while also causing price spikes and supply chaos.

Like in many countries, these entrepreneurs -- some call themselves “covidpreneurs” -- buy and sell everything from surgical masks to body bags. In Mexico, where government regulation isn’t for the fainthearted, most skirt official channels, offering their wares through social media, at metro stations, in stationary stores and even on their own doorsteps.

Business is booming and health workers both praise the suppliers and blame them for price gouging and occasional dishonest dealing.

A young boy sells masks and other medical items during the covid outbreak in Mexico City

For those willing to step into the highly volatile market, there are real opportunities, along with real disappointments.

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