What we know about Covid-19. a. The virus isn’t a living organism but rather a protein molecule (DNA) surrounded by a layer of lipid (fat) which when absorbed by the mucus linings in the mouth, nose, or eyes mutates and changes them into aggressor or multiplier cells. b. Since the virus is not an organism but a protein molecule, it can’t be killed but decomposes. The decomposition depends upon the temperature, humidity, and surface it lands on. c. The virus although lethal is itself very fragile, protected by the layer of fat. d. Therefore, any soap or detergent will breakdown the layer of fat exposing the virus to the elements. e. A water temperature of 25C (heat melts fat), plenty of soap lather (warm water produces more lather than cold water), and scrubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds will dissolve the fat layer and the virus will self destruct. f. Any mixture with 65% alcohol dissolves the fatty layer around the virus to expose it. g. Any mix 1 part bleach and 5 parts water dissolves the protein virus, so that’s why you need to wipe down surfaces wit this mixture. Peroxide or hydrogenated water works well after you’ve used soap, alcohol, or chorine to dissolve the virus but it’s harmful to your skin. h. NO antibiotic works on the virus because it is not a bacteria. i. Never shake clothes or bed sheets that may have the virus on its surface because it is very inert and may survive in the air up to 3 hours. j. Porous substances like clothing and cloth can hold the virus for 3 hours. Copper and wood 4 hours. Cardboard 24 hours. Metal surfaces 48 hours. Plastic surfaces 72 hours. k. The virus is very stable in colder temperatures ie. air conditioned car or house, moist environments, and especially darkness. l. Therefore, warm, dry, and bright sunlight environments are not welcomed by the protein virus. m. The virus can not penetrate the skin. n. Vinegar is not able to dissolve the layer of lipid or fat. m. NO spirits or beer will work on the virus unless it contains 60% or more alcohol. o. The more you’re in the outdoors the less risk to infection while maintaining 2 meters of physical distancing. p. You must wash your hands properly and after touching most surfaces if they’re not disinfected regularly. q. You must dehumidify your hands after washing them because the virus can live in the micro cracks of your skin. r. Keep your nails short so the virus has no where to hide and scrub your nails when cleaning your hands. * source John Hopkins University Medical School
What’s known about infection in Covid-19. The incubation between infection and when the symptoms appear is approximately 5 days but it can vary from 1 to two weeks.
What is known about immunity? Immunity is the ability to resist infection. It can happen naturally when the body builds up antibodies to a specific virus or through a vaccine with inactive or weakened forms of the virus to stimulate an immune response. It’s unclear if you get the virus whether you will build up antibodies to protect you from it in the future. Infectious disease experts tell us that if you get the virus that antibodies start to appear after about a week and peak one to two weeks later. Important questions researchers are trying to answer are: 1. How long does the antibody last? What sort of antibody do you need to be protected?
Why does Herd immunity matter? Herd immunity occurs when a certain percentage of the general population gets protection from the virus (approximately 60-70% needed) either naturally or through vaccination, that most of the population is resistant to the virus and spread. When most of the population is resistant it protects those who are more suspectable. * source Canadian Broadcasting Corporation article