David DiSalvo just published this article which discusses the emergence of a new coronavirus which has been confirmed so far in two Middle Eastern countries. Coronaviruses aren’t all bad, as viruses go. They are responsible for some types of the common cold, but this new one seems to favor SARS, which back in 2003 had a 10% mortality rate. There really aren’t enough documented cases of this new virus yet for us to know how dangerous it is going to be or to freak out about it spreading. But, this does serve as a good reminder to keep something like Purell Wipes around so you can keep your hands clean this time of year. Washing with soap and hot water is still the best option, but any brand of alcohol based wipes or gel are a really close second and convenient when a sink isn’t handy. They are a good item to keep in your backpack, purse and emergency kits.

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