(Bloomberg) — When people are worried about the future they turn to gold to protect their savings. That’s rarely been more true than today.Surging demand and disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic have created a shortage of the small gold bars most popular with consumers. Those who do manage to get their hands on metal have to pay up –- well above the per-ounce prices being quoted on financial markets in London and New York.Some dealers are desperately contacting clients to see if anyone is willing to sell their gold bars and coins, and offering a rare premium over spot prices. Others have given up trying to trade altogether.“People want to buy, not to sell gold,” said Mark O’Byrne, the founder of GoldCore, a dealer based