On 13th March 2020, the Health CS Mutahi Kagwe confirmed that, sadly, Kenya had a case of coronavirus, Kenyans panicked and went all out to buy sanitizers.
Kenyans left their workstations and flooded supermarkets and other retailers in search of all the products they had heard had been bought in other countries that had experienced the Coronavirus outbreak.
Hilariously, Kenyans bought tissue paper in dozens of packs and disinfectant bottles leaving a majority questioning what role the two products were to play, hopefully not to swallow the disinfectant liquid.
Some Kenyans have taken advantage of the sudden need for cleaning and disinfectant products to hike the prices that are already normally high with a bottle of Dettol hand sanitizer 50ml going for 149 shillings previously.
A number of supermarkets have limited the purchase of the disinfectant bottles to two or three for each customer to control the panic-buying with examples of retailers such as carrefour and Tuskys supermarket.
It is easy to make your own home sanitizer, we give you the steps to save on your budget
Hand sanitizers contain 62 percent of Ethyl Alcohol to kill germs and some glycerine to ensure the skin does not dry up.
If you can easily access water and soap, then there is no need to go through the trouble of getting the hand sanitizer, simply wash your hands with soap thoroughly and often and ensure to wipe your phone.
If panicking over the current coronavirus outbreak will help you ensure hygiene and regularly disinfect yourself, then, kindly panic because when you keep yourself safe then you keep those around you safe.
Coronavirus is not an automatic death sentence, there are more survivors than deaths, it is all dependent on a person’s immune system as a viral infection has no cure.