TIME: DIY alternatives for when stores are out of coronavirus-fighting products

UC expert says whatever is used, proper hand washing techniques are key

TIME Magazine interviewed Dr. Carl Fichtenbaum of UC's Division of Infectious Diseases for a story on do-it-yourself sanitizer ingredients. 

A researcher in a lab coat gestures with his hands

Dr. Carl Fichtenbaum in a lab in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the UC College of Medicine. Photo credit/Joe Fuqua II/UC Creative + Brand

Dr. Fichtenbaum says no matter what ingredients are used, the most important element is proper hand washing techniques.

“Most of the data that’s been generated looking at enveloped viruses [like SARS-CoV-2], involves observed hand-washing for 30 seconds,” says Dr. Fichtenbaum. 

He also touched on the topic of homemade masks. 

“If I have the virus and I wear a homemade mask, the benefit is that it will stop some of the [virus-containing] droplets from going further around the room,” says Fichtenbaum. “It is not at all clear that the aerosol generated by coughing or sneezing is going to be stopped, especially if the particles are less than five microns.”

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