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Online retailers have stopped gouging. Now what?

By Jordan HoffmanMarch 14, 2020
During troubling times it is psychologically helpful to know where to vent your anger. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, we had the face of Osama bin Laden. With the Coronavirus, there really isn’t anyone specific to blame, and it’s hard to make a dartboard out of a blown-up photo of an infected cytoplasm. The current pandemic isn’t one specific person’s fault, but there are individuals who have found in this global panic a route to becoming a real jerk.

Chief among them is Tennessee’s Matt Colvin who, with the aid of his brother Noah, was inspired by news of the potential for over 1 million American deaths to turn a handsome profit.

The retired Air Force technical sergeant is the new face of price gouging, thanks to a profile in Saturday’s New York Times. Beginning March 1st, Colvin, whose primary income is reselling collected goods on sites like Amazon, hit the road and bought as much hand sanitizer as he could find. For a while, the money was rolling in. But when his prices soared, Amazon, eBay and other marketplaces rightly shut him and his fellow panic profiteers down. He estimates he now has 17,700 bottles of the virus-killing ooze, as well as hand wipes and all the other highly sought after materials you can’t find in a store right now. The cleaning products are collecting dust.

The Times suggests that Colvin is just one of thousands of resellers that gobbled up prevention goods with an eye toward making a small fortune. (But he’s the one they photographed in a t-shirt that says “Family Man Family Business” in front of shelves of Purel and Clorox wipes he can not sell.) Chris Anderson of Central Pennsylvania estimates he made about $25,000 on masks, similar to the ones that hospitals are now rationing. An Ohio-based online seller by the name of Eric says he has made between $35,000 and $40,000 on masks. He declined to give his last name, not out of shame, but fearing “a retaliation from Amazon.”

On the one hand, you wonder if you can really blame these men? Buying low and selling high is an American tradition with roots as deep as the buttonwood tree where a group of traders created the New York Stock Exchange in 1792. Then you read Matt Colvin, hoarder of hand sanitizer, suggesting that price-gouging laws “are not built for today’s day and age. They’re built for Billy Bob’s gas station doubling the amount he charges for gas during a hurricane.” As if Coronavirus isn’t the world’s biggest hurricane.

As it happens, making your own hand sanitizer isn’t impossible. My wife cooked up a huge batch made of aloe vera gel, rubbing alcohol and some essential oils. (And I am proud to report we are not selling it online at inflated prices.)
Additionally, all signs point to soap and water being an effective, if not the most effective, weapon against viruses.

Agelbert NOTE: Here's the deal with soap. Soap is a type solvent for oily substances. In chemistry, the word "solvent" just means the molecules of some substance are real good at surrounding the moclecules of the substance they are in. For people that are allergic to scientific terms, that means it mixes super well with the other substance. SO WHAT, you ask?

Well, I'm glad you asked. Oils, fats, grease, etc. are easily washed off your skin surface with soap for that reason. SO WHAT, you ask? What does that have to do with COVID-19 virus critters?

Well, I'm glad you asked. The outer "corona" of the sphere shaped COVID-19 virus, like all viruses, is mostly made up of "polar" molecules. Those molecules are exactly the same kind that make up oils, fat, grease, etc. (you get the idea). Soap disorganizes the outer layer of the virus. IOW, it dissolves the wall of the virus sphere into non-cohesive units that can no longer stick together to protect the virus genetic material inside. Large gaps form in the outer layer and the virus genetic material leaks out. Once the virus genetic material leaks out, it can not be transported into some cell in the molecular neighborhood. IOW, it is no longer a threat. Since viruses are really, really tiny, you need to make sure the soap and water making life difficult for the COVID-19 virus critter is doing so for at least 20 seconds in order for the solvent action on the polar exterior of the virus to wreak successful havoc on billions of said COVID-19 critters.

If you want to make sure you always have a powerful weapon against COVID-19 critters on your skin around while you go about your business, hang a soap on a rope around your neck. They aren't going to run out of soap on a rope before global warming does us in, so don't worry about availability of soap, whether on a rope or not. Just go to a source of clean water, pull out your soap on a rope and kill COVID-19 on your skin by washing for 30 seconds or so. The particles of the virus that are disorganized by the soap solvent action are NOT a health threat. They go down the drain as disorganized genetic material with no ability to function as a virus.

For those who are confused by the term "polar" in regard to molecular structure, I will be glad to bend your ear about the bipolar nature of the water molecule, what one pole does and what the other one does to make water such a great solvent. That is why soap needs to partner with water to dissolve oily substances (like virus outer layers). For most people, all that polar stuff is boring. Everybody knows that water doesn't mix with oil. Well, water DOES mix quite well with oil IF soap is present. Alchohol, by the way, works like soap mixed with water because it has polar sections and bipolar sections. Alchohol kills bacteria AND viruses by a mechanism called denaturing. Bored yet? I thought so.

Alchohol does the job without water but is expensive. Soap is cheap and every bit as effective as alchohol, as long as you have water available.

Soap and water 🍀 is affordable COVID-19  skin protection for everyone. End of story. 🌞

Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. Ps. 97:11


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