Rusted Crow Distillery joins movement to produce hand sanitizer for local medical professionals

Distillery to donate 2,500 bottles to Michigan medical providers

Empty bottles ready to be filled with hand sanitizer at Rusted Crow Distillery and Spirits in Dearborn. (Rusted Crow Distillery and Spirits)

DEARBORN, Mich. – Rusted Crow Distillery and Spirits in Dearborn is switching gears to produce hand sanitizer to support local medical professionals in Metro Detroit.

Like many other breweries and distilleries in Michigan, Rusted Crow is producing hand sanitizer to donate to local medical providers as they face supply shortages amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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As of Wednesday, the distillery has produced and bottled more than 2,500 bottles of hand sanitizer.

This comes after the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) relaxed regulations to allow beverage distillers to make denatured alcohol a few weeks ago.

Denatured alcohol is a byproduct of the brewing process.

Other Metro Detroit distilleries and breweries producing hand sanitizer include:

How COVID-19 Spreads

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • Spread is possible before people show symptoms. People who are not showing symptoms can still be carrying the virus and can still pass it on to other people.

Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How easily the virus spreads

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.

Prevention & Treatment

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

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