Sketchy darknet websites are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic – buyer beware

The global pandemic has fueled illicit online sales of COVID-19 commodities, some of which are dangerous or illegal. Researchers are assessing the size and reach of this underground market.

David Maimon, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Georgia State University • conversation
Aug. 19, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus cybersecurity cybercrime pandemic ppe personal-protective-equipment remdesivir hand-sanitizer hydroxychloroquine fraud unemployment darknet dark-web face-mask

Coronavirus: heavy use of hand sanitisers could boost antimicrobial resistance

Misuse of common cleaning products or hand sanitisers can lead to antimcrobial resistance in bacteria.

Winston Morgan, Reader in Toxicology and Clinical Biochemistry, University of East London • conversation
April 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  bacteria  coronavirus  antibiotic-resistance  hand-sanitizer  antimicrobial-resistance  antibacterial-soaps  antibacterial  antimicrobial-agents

Viruses live on doorknobs and phones and can get you sick – smart cleaning and good habits can help protect you

The coronavirus, like many infectious diseases, can live and spread on inanimate objects in the world around us. An epidemiologist explains how and gives some advice on how to minimize the risk.

Joseph Eisenberg, Professor and Chair of Epidemiology, University of Michigan • conversation
March 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  public-health  covid-19  coronavirus  sars-cov-2  hand-washing  viruses  hand-sanitizer  bugs  sanitation  norovirus  cleaning  disease-transmission  phones  sick  sars-cov

Vodka won't protect you from coronavirus, and 4 other things to know about hand sanitizer

Most commercial hand sanitizers are mainly alcohol, but forget about hitting the liquor store and mixing your own.

Jeffrey Gardner, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
March 13, 2020 ~4 min

Tags:  bacteria  covid-19  coronavirus  microbes  microbiology  hand-washing  viruses  hand-sanitizer  quick-reads  questions-answered

Coronavirus: not all hand sanitisers work against it – here's what you should use

It needs to contain at least 60% alcohol content to be effective.

Manal Mohammed, Lecturer, Medical Microbiology, University of Westminster • conversation
March 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  sars-cov-2  alcohol-based-hand-sanitisers  hand-sanitizer

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