Corona Bites: Day Six

Coronavirus Guidance London GP
Information from Michele Assad, Assistant Professor in Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University, which is an excellent summary to avoid contagion:
  • The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat)
  • When absorbed by the cells of the eyes, nose or mouth, it changes their genetic code and converts them into aggressive and multiplier cells
  • Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays (breaks down) on its own
  • The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies
  • 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 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 disperses and breaks down on its own
  • HEAT melts fat;  this is why it is so good to use water above 25 degrees Celsius for washing hands, clothes and everything
  • In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful