Some Info & Ideas on Virus Hygiene

The information below is an East coast medical response from an experienced educational medical community.
This may help with frequently asked questions and/or concerns from our community.

* The Covid-19 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 (a mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells. 

* Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed. Rather, it decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity, and type of material upon which it rests. 

* 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, in turn, is why one needs to wash hands for a full 20 seconds, to make a lot of foam. By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule collapses. 

* 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 soap foam and that makes it even more useful. 

* Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% dissolves fat, especially the external lipid layer of the virus. 

* Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside. 

* Oxygenated water helps because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but one must use it pure and it hurts skin. 

* Antibiotics are useless. The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; one cannot kill what is not alive, and that is what antiobiotics do. 

* Never shake used or unused clothing, sheets, or cloth. While the virus is lying on most porous surfaces, such as fabric, it is quite inert... but will still take roughly 3-6 hours to degenerate to a non-threat; 4 hours on copper surfaces (copper is naturally antiseptic) and wood; 24 hours for cardboard; 42 hours for hours metals other than copper; and 72 hours plastics. If one shakes a piece of cloth or use a feather duster, any virus molecules resting on these items can float in the air for up to three hours, and could conceivably lodge in one's nose. 

* The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold or artificially induced chilled areas, such as air conditioners in houses and cars. The virus molecules also need moisture to stay stable, and they need darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm, and bright environments will degrade it more quickly. 

* UV light on any breaks down the virus protein. But be careful, as it also breaks down collagen (which is a protein) in the skin, eventually causing wrinkles and potentially skin cancer. 

* The virus CANNOT penetrate healthy skin!

  * Vinegar is not useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat. 

* Only alcohol that is 130 proof (65% alcohol) or higher will work. 

* Listerine will work. It is 65% alcohol. 

* The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less. 

* This is a given: wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc., and of course when using the bathroom. 

* You should moisturize hands that are dry from too much washing, because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better. 

*Keep your nails clipped so that the virus does not easily hide there.