Walshs Pharmacy Warrenpoint DIY Hand Sanitizer

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Walshs Pharmacy in Warrenpoint have posted a instructional video showing us how to make our own hand sanitizer.

Here is the instructions on how to make it.


How to make hand sanitizer
1. Mix 2 parts of surgical spirits (rubbing alcohol) with one part aloe vera gel.

2. Add essential oil for fragrance if desired.

3. Shake well and store in a suitable container.

With ongoing fears about the spread of Corona Virus, many people have went to local stores in search of hand sanitiser to be told that it is sold out or supply is limited.

The BBC even reported that visitors to hospital have stole the hand gel from patient’s rooms. 

Hand Sanitizer stolen from hospitals Corona Virus

Reports have emerged that hand sanitiser bought from the supermarkets hare being listed online at huge markups.

Hand Sanitizer stolen from hospitals Corona Virus


How to wash your Hands – NHS Video

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Coronavirus The Situation in Northern Ireland

From the NHS Website – Corona Virus – Health Information and Advice
Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Advice for travellers
Common questions
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

These pages are for the public. There is coronavirus information for health professionals on the NHS England website.

What’s the risk of coronavirus in the UK?
The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.

Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.

What’s the risk of coronavirus for travellers?
There are some countries and areas where there’s a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus.

See our coronavirus advice for travellers.

Symptoms of coronavirus
The symptoms of coronavirus are:

a cough
a high temperature
shortness of breath
But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

How coronavirus is spread
Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.

Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.

Do I need to avoid public places?
Most people can continue to go to work, school and other public places.

You only need to stay away from public places (self-isolate) if advised to by the 111 online coronavirus service or a medical professional.

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

always wash your hands when you get home or into work

use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards

try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Check if you need medical help
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

Use this service if:

you think you might have coronavirus
in the last 14 days you’ve been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus – see our coronavirus advice for travellers
you’ve been in close contact with someone with coronavirus
Use the 111 coronavirus service
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.

Getting help in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland
Scotland: call your GP surgery or call 111 if your surgery is not open
Wales: call 111
Northern Ireland: call 111
How to self-isolate if you’re asked to
If there’s a chance you could have coronavirus, you may be asked to stay away from other people (self-isolate).

This means you should:

stay at home
not go to work, school or public places
not use public transport or taxis
ask friends, family members or delivery services to do errands for you
try to avoid visitors to your home – it’s OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food
You may need to do this for up to 14 days to help reduce the possible spread of infection.

Read more coronavirus self-isolation advice.

Treatment for coronavirus
There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus.

Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses.

Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.

You’ll need to stay in isolation away from other people until you’ve recovered.

‘My job is not to scare you out of your wits, its to scare you into your wits’

Michael Osterholm is the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) in America.

Check out his interview by Joe Rogan about how we should be prepared for Coronavirus.

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