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All of us here in the Tampa Bay area are being impacted by the Coronavirus. Many are frantically looking to stock up our supplies during this pandemic scare.

In case you were wondering, according to a study done by Upgraded Points, everyone here in Florida is looking for the same items that you are… and that is hand sanitizer.

A week ago I gave you the recipe to make your own hand sanitizer (click here) and it is very easy to do.

Because of the arrival of the pandemic COVID-19 (better known as the Coronavirus) not only Floridians but people all over the world have been burning up the internet searching for items that they feel will protect them from catching this virus.

Millions are shopping for anti-germ items like Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, disinfectant sprays, masks, and more.

The Upgraded Points study used Google Shopping search data to see which items people were shopping for the most… state by state. The overall results are below:

  • Hand sanitizer was the top searched item in 18 states, double that of any others
  • Germs masks, a broader term, was second with 9 states
  • N95 masks (not recommended by officials) were the top item in 6 states

It’s of interest to note that the most often shopped items are not necessarily what health officials say are most effective. For instance, the hand sanitizer Floridians have searched the most for may not be necessary. Health officials have stated that regular soap and water will be enough. Still, it hasn’t stopped folks from buying up antibacterial soap like it was gold bars.  

The next two (nationally) most searched items are different types of face masks, which similarly health professionals have stated that masks (specifically the N95 masks meant for professionals), are not effective against catching the virus for average people.

It’s evident we all need to pull together to fight this virus and get it under control. So, with that thought, take a look below at the World Health Organization’s recommendations to reduce exposure to, and limit transmission of this virus:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Use a flexed elbow or tissue when coughing and sneezing to cover your mouth. Throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough.
  • Avoid direct contact with live animals and surfaces they may have touched when visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases.

Hopefully, we can pull together and not panic, but rather use common sense while following the guidelines the health officials have laid out for us.

Keep your sense of humor and remember… this too shall pass. 

In the time being.. what’s on and what’s off this weekend…

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Rich Fields is a veteran radio broadcaster who is best known for having been the Announcer on the Price is Right. He is also an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist .