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Panic shopping leaves less on shelves, but you can make your own hand sanitizer

Posted at 6:31 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 19:31:13-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A Sam's Club manager told us the demand for hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and bottled water is high, and said it was no ordinary Monday at the Sam's Club on L Street in Omaha.

But Omaha's shortage doesn't yet hold a candle to some other areas of the country.

That doesn't mean no one is panicking.

A KMTV viewer told us in a letter that a friend recently canceled a trip to Omaha because of coronavirus fears. The closest state to Nebraska with a confirmed or presumptive case of the coronavirus in Illinois. But this man's friend saw a map like this one, which showed Nebraska with the third-most coronavirus cases. Those appear because of the patients who were brought to Nebraska Medicine. But the CDC's map doesn't list Nebraska as having coronavirus cases because the state hasn't found a case originating from outside those patients in a biocontainment unit.

Regardless, people are preparing themselves. But if you can't find hand sanitizer on the shelf, you can make your own - assuming you can find rubbing alcohol. If you can't find that, then you can use vodka. There are several directions of how to make it online, but most call for rubbing alcohol and aloe gel. Mix them, with about three parts allow and a part rubbing alcohol. You can add a few drops of an essential oil to cut back on the strong smell.