Can This Local Austin Kid Save The World From Coronavirus?

AUSTIN (KXAN) – You’ve heard of a lemonade stand, but what about a hand sanitizer stand?

That’s exactly what a 10-year-old boy has set up on the street outside his home in south Austin.

Miles Barker has capitalized on high demand for hand sanitizer amid the coronavirus outbreak by making his own and selling it for $3 a bottle. He calls it CoroNO Gel.

“We started to make it and we thought, how about we sell it because since it’s sold out everywhere, how about we sell it and maybe make some money,” Miles said.

Miles makes the sanitizer using aloe vera, essential oils and alcohol – he insists it meets the 60% alcohol standard recommended by the CDC.

Business has been booming since Miles started selling CoroNO Gel. His goal was to make $100, and he says he is almost there.

I don’t know what I was up to when I was 10 yrs old, but it definitely was not slanging a self-made hand sanitizer in order to save the World and make some side cash. At best I was probably crushing hot pockets and dominating neighborhood kids in street hockey. But Miles isn’t me. Miles is a shrewd, young businessman at the ripe age of 10. And a badass one too.

If Miles goes on Shark Tank, he’s walking away with a deal. No doubt about it. Mark, Lori, Mr. Wonderful, Daymond — you name a shark and I guarantee they’ll be chomping at the bit to buy a stake in CoroNO. Honestly though, Miles should probably turn them down. He doesn’t need their help with a product in such high demand, especially one with such a ridiculously incredible name.

And while I may not know a lot about the hand sanitizer biz or Coronavirus, I do know CoroNO passes the eye test:

That electric, slime green just screams; “Not today, Coronavirus. Not these hands.”

Miles may not have been the hero we were looking for, but he may just be the hero we need. Don’t cancel your SXSW passes just yet.


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