March 20, 2020 - 1:23pm -- house.238@osu.edu

Hand SanitizerHands: Use soap and warm water and scrub for a full 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, you can use hand sanitizer made with 70% strength isopropyl alcohol. If can make your own hand sanitizer by mixing 2/3 cup of 70% isopropyl alcohol with ½ cup aloe vera gel. The rubbing alcohol is for killing germs and the aloe vera gel is to moisturize your hands.

NOTE: You do NOT need antibacterial products. COVID-19 is caused by a virus. The coronavirus is a spherical shape with spiky proteins attached to a membrane that protects the pathogen’s genetic material. Once the virus meets soap, this membrane dissolves, leaving behind a dysfunctional virus.

Surfaces: disinfect hard surfaces with a solution of 1/3 cup bleach to 1 gallon of warm water. Distilled white vinegar is acetic acid and not strong enough to disinfect from Coronavirus. Important: NEVER mix ammonia with bleach. This starts a chemical reaction which produces a toxic gas that can be fatal if inhaled.

For more information on how to clean if someone in your family is sick, see this post from the CDC.