This item has been provided by the Forum Co-Chair, Gordon Richardson, who thought this might be of interest. It explains about the virus, why some precautions work better than others and why some don’t work at all, and includes some simple but practical advice.
The following is from Irene Ken physician, whose daughter is an Assistant Professor in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University.
a. The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of fat (lipid), which, when absorbed by the cells of the natural mucous in our eyes, nose or mouth/throat, changes their genetic code i.e. they mutate and are converted into aggressor and multiplier cells.
b. Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.
c. The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin
outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best
remedy, because the foam cuts through the fat (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam).
By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule is scattered and breaks down on its own.
d. Heat melts fat – this is why it is so good to use water above 77
degrees Fahrenheit for washing hands, clothes and everything. In
addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.
e. Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% dissolves any fat, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.
f. Any mix of one part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaking it down from the inside. But, make sure you are wearing household cleaning gloves to protect your skin.
g. Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.
h. No bacteria killer or antibiotic works. The virus is not a living
organism like bacteria; antibodies cannot kill what is not alive.
i. NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth. While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inactive and disintegrates in roughly:
- 3 hours (fabric and porous),
- 4 hours (copper and wood)
- 24 hours (cardboard),
- 42 hours (metal) and
- 72 hours (plastic).
But if you shake it, or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float
in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.
j. The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial environments such as air conditioners in houses and cars.
They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will cause it to die faster.
k. UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein. For example, used properly UV light is perfect for disinfecting and re-using a mask. Be careful not to expose your skin to the light as it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin.
l. The virus cannot go through healthy skin.
m. Vinegar is not useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.
n. No spirits, nor vodka work. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need at least 65%.
o. If you are stuck, Listerine is a better solution! It is 65% alcohol.
p. Confined spaces are likely to have a higher concentration of the virus than open or naturally ventilated place.
q. You have to wash your hands before and after touching mucous, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc. – and when using the bathroom.
r. You need to moisturize more often as so much washing makes your hands much drier. You don’t want this to happen because the molecules can hide in the tiny cracks in dry skin. The thicker the moisturizer, the better.
s. Also keep your nails short so that the virus does not hide there.
* With many thanks to Johns Hopkins Hospital