Help for Medical Workers – level 2

01-04-2020 15:00

US health care workers struggle because they do not have enough hand sanitizer. Companies that produce ethanol can help solve the problem. They could make millions of gallons of ethanol; however, they make ethanol for the food industry.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not agree with their idea. Officials do not want to allow ethanol producers to make food ethanol for medical use. They say that it is a lower grade ethanol, and it is not safe to put it on people´s skin.

Health officials say that the FDA should make its rules less strict because it could help with the lack of hand sanitizer. In recent days, officials changed rules to support companies to make medical gloves, ventilators, and coronavirus tests.

Difficult words: hand sanitizer (a gel that has alcohol in it, and people use it on their hands to reduce infection), ethanol (a type of alcohol), lack (when there is not enough of something).

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