Amidst fear of being infected with coronavirus, lots of people (especially in the United States) resort to using alcohol as sterilizer – as prices of hand sanitiser skyrockets.
Though nationwide supplies of face masks and hand sanitizer dwindle amid growing panic over a U.S. outbreak but some are struggling to believe that alcohol may not be maximally effective as a makeshift solution to stay clean.
In the U S, Tito’s Vodka (a popular handmade Vodka seller) took to the Twitter to remind drinkers that its 80-proof booze doesn’t meet the 60 percent alcohol level to qualify as hand sanitizer. “It would be a shame to waste the good stuff,” a spokesman said.
Additionally, if scrubbing your hands with soap for 20 seconds isn’t an option, medical experts suggest using 190-proof Everclear, which is 95 percent alcohol.
Hand sanitizers are in short supply at retailers around the and on the internet, where vultures looking to prey on your fears are jacking up the price to absurd amounts.
A bottle of Dettol now costs 10,000 Naira ($27) in Nigeria. South Africa is calm and prices of sanitizers are still relatively stable.
Are you invested in trying to find a substitute? We would like to spare you the risk both of spreading germs and of wasting perfectly good liquor on something dumb that will not work: do not pour vodka on your hands in the hopes that the alcohol in it will sterilize them against the coronavirus.
Who would think of such a thing, you might ask? A lot of people, apparently. Whoever runs social media for Austin-based beverage titan Tito’s Handmade Vodka has spent the past few days warning people on Twitter that, despite recipes circulating online that claim to create homemade hand sanitizer out of vodka and aloe vera, it will not actually kill the germs you’re looking to get rid of.
People believe in the alcohol remedy probably because it happens in movies like Braveheart and From Russia With Love and Death Proof.
Whoever wrote those posts in the social media probably didn’t think to check the alcohol content of the booze they were suggesting against the Center Disease Control (CDC’s) recommendations. They just assumed that Mel Gibson and James Bond knew what they were talking about.