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Effective Sanitizer for Covid19 - Must have at least 60% alcohol

by John Blenkiron
(Ottawa, Canada)

In order to be effective, hand-sanitizers must contain at least 60% alcohol.

I remember that when I was younger the doctor would swab my arm with alcohol before I received an injection.

He told me that in Jamaica the source of that alcohol was overproof white rum. So, when you cannot find hand-sanitizer at the shop you might want to keep that old bottle of Charlie White Rum you had left over from Christmas.

Wellesley Notes

Hey John,
(Always) good to hear from you my friend! You are oh so right.

The authorities have been sharing this message.

By the way, I notice that some persons use the wipes with the rubbing alcohol.

They pour the alcohol into the wipes and then use it, what do you think of that?

By the way, both rum and alcohol are prized now, as you can imagine, very hard to get and the prices have gone up!

And that is at the few stores that are still open; many of the Chinese stores in the town centers are close at this time.

I know it is happening for sure in Montego bay, and I also went to Westmoreland yesterday and learned that it is the same thing there; some stores were closed half day on Friday and totally closed in some part, including Whitehouse and Savanna La Mar; its crazy my friend.

But thanks again for sharing the tip! A very important reminder. And yes, always great to hear from you my friend.

How is it in Ottowa, Canada at this time though?
Are you affected? I'd love to know.


P.S. To my readers:
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Mar 19, 2020
Great use for 60+%
by: Cheri Avery Black

Great tip, thanks!!! I'll add: don't mix rubbing alcohol with bleach, or bleach with vinegar or ammonia.

Mar 17, 2020
Horrible time, ....
by: Anonymous

Hello Wellesley, Its Sue and Paul from England, We was both due to come in June to see your lovely country again but of course this nasty virus is on the loose so I doubt we will be coming now, Sad news all round, Hope you are all ok over in Jamaica, If we all stick together has a team we will get through this, Hopefully me and Paul will be with you next year in your beautiful country, Take care .... Has Bob mArley sings in his song
"Everythings gonna be alright", Take care, Sue and Paul ....

Wellesley's Note:
For sure my friend! All the best to both of you!

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