Ikea is making masks and sanitizer to help fight COVID-19

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Ikea stores are closed, but the company will be producing medical supplies. As hospitals have depleted their reserves of N95 respirators and hand sanitizer is in short supply, a wave of companies has stepped up to help: Apparel companies like Under Armour and Reformation are making surgical masks, and distilleries like Tito’s and Koval are making hand sanitizer. Read Full Story

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Amazon is actively working with authorities to bust COVID-19 price gougers

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Because a bottle of hand soap shouldn’t cost 50 bucks. We’re all spending a lot more time browsing Amazon in hopes of finding necessities that grocery stores are out of as panic buying continues to run amok. But unfortunately, many Amazon users have started to notice that the prices of some necessities sold by third-party resellers on Amazon seem to have shot up in price, such as toilet paper, hand sanitizers, or food items. Read Full Story

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Propane heaters are the new toilet paper

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Restaurants are “winterizing” to accommodate outdoor dining in the chilly months. And some items they need are in high demand—and seeing surging prices. In March, as people responded to COVID-19 lockdowns by stocking up for the cooped-up quarantine period ahead, they encountered shortages of hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and, of course, toilet paper. In many cases, the prices of these goods skyrocketed. In one well-documented case , two Tennessee brothers stockpiled 17,700 bottles of sanitizer, selling some of them for up to $80 on Amazon. Read Full Story

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The 4 best masks you can make yourself

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The CDC is expected to recommend that all Americans wear masks in public. Here’s how to make the most effective mask possible, using stuff you have lying around the house. My husband has been making weekly grocery runs to buy food for our family. Until now, the only precaution he has taken has been to bring plenty of disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer to clean the shopping cart and his hands. But as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases goes up in Boston, where we live, we wonder whether it’s time for him to make his own mask and wear it the next time he ventures out. Read Full Story

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Eco-grocery Grove Collaborative just launched a collection of COVID essentials you can feel good about

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These hand sanitizers, masks, and errand gloves will keep you, your family, and your planet all safe and happy during the pandemic Eco-friendly cleaning company Grove Collaborative has been a favorite of ours for a while, thanks to its nontoxic, good-for-the earth household items. We’re talking bamboo paper towels , plastic-free laundry detergent , reusable baggies , and more. So we were excited when we found out that the company launched an in-house (read: even more affordable) collection of sanitizing essentials for the COVID-19 era. Read Full Story

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Hand sanitizer is being packaged like kids’ candy—and big companies are profiting from it

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The FDA has warnings about hand sanitizer that looks like food. We had no idea how egregious the problem was until we looked for ourselves. Under no circumstances should you ever drink hand sanitizer. You’d think that’s a given, and yet, hand sanitizer companies have been packaging their product in containers that imply it’s food and using all sorts of cartoon branding to attract children. Read Full Story

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