Beat the Coronavirus

Practical tips to protect yourself, your family, and your community.

We've put together a list of some of the most actionable things you can to to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus—and other infectious diseases. Please share these ideas with your friends and family. We invite additional suggestions and feedback for improving the site.

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Detailed Instructions for Making Your Own Hand Sanitizer

We'll probably add some more details later, but for now this WikiHow page does a pretty good job of explaining the process.

You can buy plenty of 70% isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol at your local drug or grocery store. Here's some unscented, dye-free Aloe Vera Gel on Amazon.

NOTE: Higher-concentration isopropyl alcohol (such as 90-99%) is not necessarily more effective at killing germs than the 70% concentration. In fact, it may be *less effective* because water is a necessary part of the chemical reaction that kills the viruses and bacteria. If you use high-concentration alcohol in your home-made sanitizer, you'll need to add a little water.

Some people can't stand the smell of isopropyl alcohol, and substitute vodka. Just be sure to keep the above discussion about concentrations in mind if you decide to go that route.