This article is copyright © Nils Osmar 2019.
- One blessing about novel coronavirus is that it’s so easy to kill. We don’t need a fancy or expensive drug (though I think most sane people all hoping for a vaccine to be developed soon). (Even a couple of anti-vaxxers I know have told me that they would line up cheerfully to get a vaccine for this one.)
- We don’t need a pharmaceutical like insulin, which can be jacked up in price so no one afford it.
All we need are soap and water.
- I suppose people could try jacking up the price of soap, but there are so many manufacturers that it would tend to level out because there are so many manufacturers, and because of the laws of competition, supply and demand.
- We also don’t need fancy, special or expensive soap. We don’t need “antiviral” or “antimicrobial” soap. We don’t need soap mixed with silver or any other “miracle product.” We can use ordinary bar soap, liquid soap, even dishwashing soap — anything you’ve got on hand.
- Soap works because it dissolves the lipid membrane of the virus and actually kills it. We’re not just “washing it off” when we wet our hands, lather up and scrub the virus away; we’re actually killing the little sucker.
- We just have to remember to do it (not just think about doing it), wash several times a day, and to not touch our faces unless we’ve just washed ’em and they’re super clean.
- Professor Pall Thordarson wrote a great little article called “The science of soap – here’s how it kills the coronavirus.” He makes the point that novel coronavirus is a nanoparticle which has several components. One of them is a layer of lipid (fat). Soap dissolves the lipid layer and the virus — dies. Goes kaput. Falls completely apart. Then its component parts are washed away by the water.
- Don’t just go a quick and cursory hand-washing. Wet your hands. Apply soap. As the virus below shows, be sure to rub and to wash your hands thoroughly. 20 seconds is the minimum, but if you want to wash longer, have at it. I use my favorite natural, all-organic soap, Dr. Bronner’s.
- He also makes the point that soap is superior to using an alcohol based hand sanitizers because you need less of it. With hand sanitizers, many of us don’t use enough.
- If you do use it, make sure don’t just squirt it on and do a quick rub. Pretend like you’re washing your hands to prep for surgery. Use soapy water, and rub it into every nook and cranny.
“Don’t Touch Your Face!”
- One thing I’ve found irksome about coronavirus is the admonition to not touch our faces. This makes total sense since appears that the virus was originally transmitted from a bat to a human when a person who had a little droplet of bat blood on her finger touched her mouth. Touching our faces puts our hands near the membranes in our noses, mouths and eyes, is very dangerous, and is a habit we need to make a conscious effort to break.
- This threw me a little at first when I learned about it because I’ve always liked giving my eyes a little massage. I find a gentle eye-rub (mini-massage) deeply relaxing. I’ve found, of course, that I don’t really have to give these massages up. When I want to give myself one, I just do a very thorough hand-washing first, then massage away.
- See also: “How to Live Through the Coronavirus Pandemic“
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