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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

FYI

FYI
COVID-19 is not a living virus
 
The following was compiled from the Assistant Professor of infectious diseases at
John Hopkins University.  I found it informative and made things a lot
less scary after having read it.
  • The virus is not a living
    organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of
    lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or
    buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code (mutation) and converts them
    into aggressor and multiplier cells.
  • 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.  
  • 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 it cuts the fat. 
    • That is also why you must rub 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.
  • The virus is not a living
    organism like bacteria.  You cannot kill with antibiotics what is not
    alive. 
  • Heat melts fat, therefore it is
    good to use water above 77 degrees Fahrenheit for washing hands, clothes
    and everything else.  In addition, hot water makes more foam and that
    makes it even more useful. 
  • Alcohol in any mixture with
    alcohol over 65% dissolves fat, especially the external lipid layer of the
    virus. Listerine is 65% alcohol. 
  • Any mix with 1-part bleach and
    5-parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaking it down from the
    inside.
  • Vinegar is not useful against
    the virus because it does not break down the protective layer of
    fat. 
  • Oxygenated water helps
    long after soap, alcohol, and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the
    virus protein. But you must use it pure even though it hurts the
    skin. 
  • NEVER shake used or unused
    clothing, sheets or cloths.  

If you shake it off of a surface it is on, the virus molecules float in the
air for up to 3 hours and can be breathed in or attached to the
skin.   While the virus is glued to a porous
surface, it is very inert and disintegrates at different times, depending
on the surface:
    • Fabric and porous surfaces - 3
      hours
    • Copper and wood - 4 hours
    • Cardboard - 24 hours
    • Metal - 42 hours 
    • Plastic - 72 hours
  • The virus molecules remain very
    stable in cold air, outdoors or near home or car air conditioners.  The
    molecules also need darkness and/or moisture to stay stable.
    Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade
    the virus faster. 
  • UV light shined on any object
    containing the virus will break down the virus protein. 
  • The more confined the space,
    the more concentrated the virus can be.  The more open or naturally
    ventilated, the less. 
  • The virus cannot penetrate
    healthy skin. It is critical to wash your hands before and after
    touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote controls, cell
    phoned, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc., and when using the
    bathroom. 
  • Use a skin moisturizer.  Hands become dry from so much washing
    and the virus molecules can hide in micro-cracks of the skin.  The
    thicker the moisturizer, the better. 
  • Keep your nails short so that
    the virus does not hide there.

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