How to DIY Your Own Hand Sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer

Properly scrubbing your hands is one of the best ways to stop the spread of germs and viruses, and to ensure you don’t get sick yourself. But if you don’t have access to soap and clean water, or if you’re out and about and nowhere near a sink, you should carry hand sanitizer to protect your health.

As you’re no doubt aware, bottles of hand sanitizer (Purell, Wet Ones, and the like) sell out quickly during public health crises. But don’t worry—making your own hand sanitizer is remarkably easy. You just have to be careful you don’t mess it up. Make sure that the tools you use for mixing are properly sanitized; otherwise you could contaminate the whole thing. Also, the World Health Organization recommends letting your concoction sit for a minimum of 72 hours after you’re done. That way the sanitizer has time to kill any bacteria that might have been introduced during the mixing process.

(Note: To reiterate, nothing beats washing your hands. Hand sanitizer—even the real, professionally made stuff—should always be a last resort.)
We actually have two recipes for you, and links to find the ingredients. The first is one you can make with stuff you likely already have in your cabinets and under the sink, so it’s effective in emergency situations. The second recipe is more complex, but easy to make if you have the opportunity to do some shopping and planning ahead of time.

Potency Matters
You’re going to need some alcohol. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, your sanitizer mix must be at least 60 percent alcohol to be effective. But it’s better to get way above that—aim for a minimum of 75 percent. A bottle of 99 percent isopropyl alcohol is the best thing to use. Your regular vodka and whiskey are too wimpy and won’t cut it.

The Quick (Gel) Recipe
Mix 3 parts isopropyl alcohol to 1 part aloe vera gel. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to give it a pleasant scent and to align your chakras.

The Better (Spray) Recipe
The aloe mixture gets the job done, but aloe also leaves your skin annoyingly sticky. So, here’s a recipe that’s less sticky and more potent, based on the mix recommended by the WHO.

Mix 12 fluid ounces of alcohol with 2 teaspoons of glycerol. You can buy jugs of glycerol online, and it’s an important ingredient because it keeps the alcohol from drying out your hands. If you can’t find glycerol, proceed with the rest of the recipe anyway and just remember to moisturize your hands after applying the sanitizer.

Mix in 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide, then 3 fluid ounces of distilled or boiled (then cooled) water. (If you’re working with a lower-concentration
solution of rubbing alcohol, use far less water; remember, at least ¾ of your final mixture has to be alcohol.)

Load the solution into spray bottles—this isn’t a gel, it’s a spray. You can wet a paper towel with it as well and use that as a wipe.

Source:

    Ashworth, Boone. “How to DIY Your Own Hand Sanitizer.” Wired, Conde Nast, 27 Mar. 2020, www.wired.com/story/how-to-make-hand-sanitizer/.

 

 

 

 

COVID-19: 3.28

Warren County

Recently, a new coronavirus - 2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus - was detected in China that has not been previously found in humans. This coronavirus can lead to fever, cough and shortness of breath. Please note while there are thousands of cases globally as well as an increasing number of cases in New York State. As of 3-22-2020, Warren County receive our second confirmed case. At this time for both cases, we believe the exposure risk for individuals outside of immediate close proximity to be low. Through an interview process with the confirmed case, we will reach out to individuals we feel could be at an increased risk. If there are any questions, please direct them to our office at (518) 761-6580 and we will be happy to answer them. There are ongoing investigations to learn more about this virus. Individuals who are experiencing symptoms (fever, shortness of breath, cough) and may have traveled to areas of concern (areas of concern can be found here") or have been in close contact with somebody who has traveled to these areas, should call ahead to their health care provider before seeking treatment in person. The information you provide to a care provider prior to showing up in person should include, where you have traveled or where the individual you have been in close proximity with has traveled and what symptoms you are experiencing. It is crucial to contain possible spread by calling ahead for protocol, this includes, calling the hospital prior to showing up at the emergency room (if necessary), letting emergency service operators know about concern prior to an ambulance being dispatched (if necessary). As with any illness, there are certain practices we each can follow to protect ourselves from the spread of illness, this includes; Social Distancing - this means distancing yourself while you are sick from individuals, or also distancing yourself from individuals who are sick. This includes items such as staying home from work or school while ill. Proper hand washing - hand washing is crucial in helping stop the spread of many illnesses. Hands should be washed often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, covering all surfaces of your hands (and in-between your fingers) and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Respiratory Etiquette - Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues immediately in a lined trash can and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. As with any new illness, information is constantly changing - for the most up to date information please regularly check the CDC's Novel Coronavirus webpage or the NYSDOH Novel Coronavirus WebpageFrom <https://www.warrencountyny.gov/covid/>

 

From <https://www.warrencountyny.gov/covid/>

 

March 28, 2020 Warren County Public Health Services has confirmed two additional positive cases in Warren County. That brings us to 10 positive Warren County residents cumulatively since the disease was first detected locally. Health Services has identified and quarantined those with exposure to the new cases. County health officials have collectively settled on two metrics that we will be using going forward to update the public: The number of verified positive cases and number of recoveries. So far in Warren County, three of 10 are fully recovered, and the others are getting medical attention as needed. Positive tests and recoveries are the only unambiguous and unimpeachable metrics local health departments can use to safely draw conclusions, Warren County Administrator Ryan Moore said. Business Closure and Congregation Enforcement Update Warren County supervisors and Administrator Ryan Moore have been working with the Governor's Office in recent days to get clarification about which businesses can remain open. Gov. Cuomo issued an executive order Friday night outlining a solution: Failure to abide by prior orders on business closures and social distancing will be considered a building code violation. Code enforcement officials and fire marshals will be authorized to issue appearance tickets, notices of violation, orders to remedy, and even "do not occupy" orders to businesses found in violation. Police officers are also authorized to remove people from businesses found in violation or take action against congregations. Moore said the language of the executive order has been provided to Warren County Buildings and Codes, Emergency Services, Sheriff's Office and District Attorney's Office. They will work out execution of this order in Warren County if violations are found. County Public Health Services continues to request that seasonal homeowners who came to the county in recent days self-quarantine for 14 days and contact the agency at 518-761-6580 to go over resources for assistance and local protocols. To stay informed on Warren County COVID updates, go to www.warrencountyny.gov/covid/ A signup option for a Warren County COVID email newsletter is available on that website. Updates are also available at Warren County's new Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Warren-County-New-York-113824060252510From <https://www.warrencountyny.gov/covid/>

 

Shop solo! We know it’s hard to be cooped up inside these days, and a trip to the grocery store seems like a vacation where the whole family wants to tag along. But please don’t take everyone! Shop alone, or with one helper if you need some assistance.

6 feet. Why is social distancing so important right now? It is crucial because by increasing physical space between individuals, we can also avoid the spread of illness. SHOP SOLO. We know many families want to get out of the house, even if that means a trip to the grocery store, but the larger families shop together, the less we are social distancing and the more we are putting people at risk. So please, consider shopping SOLO. If you need someone to help you with shopping, please consider only bringing one other person with you. Practing solo shopping helps us protect our community members at increased risk. Please, shop, solo!From <https://www.facebook.com/113824060252510/photos/a.114440873524162/116136166687966/?type=3&theater>

 

Here is the latest COVID update from Warren County Board of Supervisors, county Administrator Ryan Moore and county Public Health Services.

Warren County Virus Update

Warren County Public Health Services has confirmed two additional positive cases in Warren County. That brings us to 10 positive Warren County residents cumulatively since the disease was first detected locally. Health Services has identified and quarantined those with exposure to the new cases.

County health officials have collectively settled on two metrics that we will be using going forward to update the public: The number of verified positive cases and number of recoveries.

So far in Warren County, three of 10 are fully recovered, and the others are getting medical attention as needed.

Positive tests and recoveries are the only unambiguous and unimpeachable metrics local health departments can use to safely draw conclusions, Warren County Administrator Ryan Moore said.

Business Closure and Congregation Enforcement Update

Warren County supervisors and Administrator Ryan Moore have been working with the Governor’s Office in recent days to get clarification about which businesses can remain open.

Gov. Cuomo issued an executive order Friday night outlining a solution: Failure to abide by prior orders on business closures and social distancing will be considered a building code violation.

Code enforcement officials and fire marshals will be authorized to issue appearance tickets, notices of violation, orders to remedy, and even “do not occupy” orders to businesses found in violation.

Police officers are also authorized to remove people from businesses found in violation or take action against congregations.

Moore said the language of the executive order has been provided to Warren County Buildings and Codes, Emergency Services, Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Office. They will work out execution of this order in Warren County if violations are found.

County Public Health Services continues to request that seasonal homeowners who came to the county in recent days self-quarantine for 14 days and contact the agency at 518-761-6580 to go over resources for assistance and local protocols.

To stay informed on Warren County COVID updates, go to www.warrencountyny.gov/covid/.

A signup option for a Warren County COVID email newsletter is available on that website.

Updates are also available at Warren County’s new Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Warren-County-New-York-113824060252510

From <https://www.facebook.com/Warren-County-New-York-113824060252510/?

 

Thank you to Lake George's Adirondack Pub & Brewery and High Peaks Distilling for helping out with much-needed hand sanitizer! Warren County supervisors were told earlier this week that local fire departments will benefit from these donations!

From <https://www.facebook.com/Warren-County-New-York-113824060252510/?

 

 

Town of Johnsburg

NY State

Holding a briefing with updates on #Coronavirus. WATCH LIVE: Closed captioning and ASL interpretation is available at https://www.ny.govFrom <https://www.facebook.com/GovernorAndrewCuomo/>

In no hospital in New York will a woman be forced to be alone when she gives birth.From <https://www.facebook.com/GovernorAndrewCuomo/>

 

By executive order, Governor Cuomo is moving the presidential primary election from April 28 to June 23rd.From <https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/latest-news>

 

What You Need to Know

  • All non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are temporarily banned.
  • The presidential primary election will move from April 28 to June 23rd, aligning it with the congressional and legislative primaries in New York.
  • Governor Cuomo issued an executive order to enable the tax filing deadline for personal and corporate taxes to be pushed back to July 15. The Federal government took similar action earlier this month.
  • Statewide school closures are extended by two weeks until April 15.
  • The State Department of Health Wadsworth Lab is working in partnership with other labs to evaluate antibody testing that is designed to help very sick COVID-19 patients. 
  • Three new sites have been identified to serve as a place for emergency beds – South Beach Psychiatric Center in Staten Island, Westchester Square in the Bronx and Health Alliance in Ulster County – adding 695 more beds.
  • The federal government has approved four new sites for temporary hospitals – the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, the Aqueduct Racetrack facility in Queens, CUNY Staten Island and the New York Expo Center in the Bronx – adding an additional 4,000 beds.
  • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.
  • More than 10,000 professional Mental Health Volunteers have signed up to provide free online mental health services.
  • 62,000 healthcare workers, including retirees and students, have signed up to volunteer to work as part of the state’s surge healthcare force during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  • New Yorkers without Health Insurance can apply through NY State of Health within 60 days of losing coverage.
  • Department of Motor Vehicles offices are temporarily closed for in-office visits. Online transactions, including for license renewals, are still be available. License and permit expirations will be extended.
  • All non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions until further notice as part of New York State on PAUSE. Bars and restaurants are closed, but takeout can be ordered during the period of closure.
  • Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.
  • Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.  

From <https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home>