Writer Derek Shevel* lives and works in New York. He’s been making his own hand sanitiser over the past week, as there’s none available on the shelves or on Amazon. It’s two-thirds rubbing alcohol, one-third aloe vera and some lavender or tea-tree essential oils — a variant on a recipe that’s being used around the US.

"People are price-gouging on Amazon, so that’s why I’m making my own," he says...

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