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Diabetic Patients Can't Find Rubbing Alcohol

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By    |   Monday, 06 April 2020 10:52 AM

As the country goes on a disinfecting frenzy, people suffering from diabetes have been left unable to find the alcohol swabs they need to use in dealing with their disease.

People like Caroline Gregory of North Carolina and others with diabetes find themselves forced to disregard the recommendation to stay at home as they scour stores for alcohol and alcohol swabs.

"We're all supposed to be staying at home, and I'm going to 10 different stores," she said, adding that her disease puts her at higher risk for complications from the COVID-19 virus. "That's just not safe."

According to Kaiser Health News, for those suffering from diabetes the nationwide panic poses a threat to their medical routines — which require swabbing their skin with an alcohol swab or alcohol-soaked cotton ball before injecting insulin to prevent infection.

Companies that manufacture these products are struggling to meet unprecedented demand and retail stores that do have these products in stock are limiting the number of alcohol-based disinfectants consumers can buy.

ExxonMobil issued a press release announcing its commitment to step up production to meet the demand for products like medical hand sanitizers, alcohol wipes, and disinfectant sprays by increasing the production of isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and providing it to the customers and areas that are hardest hit. ExxonMobil's Baton Rouge Chemical Plant is home to the world's largest IPA production unit, producing millions of gallons each year.

But as the coronavirus panic continues to deplete available stock in retail stores, those with diabetes are worried. According to Kaiser Health News, one mother, Alison Dvorchik from Orlando, Florida, needs several alcohol wipes daily for her 17-year-old son, who has Type 1 diabetes and requires the disinfectant to clean his skin before using his insulin pump. She managed to snag a stash of 100 alcohol wipes from a friend to stave off a crisis.

"I'm worried for the entire Type 1 diabetic community," she said. "That's a cesspool of infection waiting to happen."

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