“Useful Information On Viruses”
by Maria Furlano, DMQ/DCTM (China), MTOM, L.Ac.
The spread of COVID-19 is said at this time to spread via respiratory droplets and is why it’s been recommended that people stand at least 6 feet from each other.
What this means is that when someone coughs, sneezes or touches surfaces, the respiratory droplets are left on surfaces (clothing, counters, telephones, sinks, keypads, doorknobs, paper, etc.) for several hours or days, depending upon the surface (1)
Being part of my community, I know that many people have been asking about natural cleaning products because we all like to stay away from as many harsh chemicals as possible.
This past week my brother in law, who’s taking care of his mother during this time of COVID-19, was asking about using vinegar as an efficient and natural cleaning agent around the house?
- Normally vinegar is terrific at cutting grease and grim, it’s biodegradable and has been shown to inhibit food-borne pathogenic bacteria including Escherichia coli (2) However, it’s good to know that vinegar doesn’t kill all bacteria, such as staphylococcus (3) it’s not a registered disinfectant and vinegar is not effective at killing the coronavirus.
To help in understanding viruses a bit more, please read the following information.
The following information has been generously shared courtesy of Ken Goddard: Director, National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory.
“USEFUL INFORMATION ON VIRUSES”
- a virus is not a living organism, but only a molecule of protein (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipids (fats), that upon being absorbed by ocular, nasal and mouth mucosa cells changes the genetic code of the cells and converts them into aggressor and multiplier cells.
- Since the virus is not a living organism but rather a molecule of protein, it doesn’t die but rather disintegrates on its own. The length of time it takes to disintegrate depends on temperature, humidity and the type of material where is sits.
- The virus is very fragile, the only thing that protects it is a thin external layer of fat. That’s why any soap or detergent is the best remedy because suds break down grease/fats (that’s why you have to suds up for 20 seconds or more in order to make a lot of suds). Once the layer of fat is dissolved, the molecule of protein falls apart and disintegrates on its own.
- HEAT melts grease, that is why it is best to use water that is at least 25 degrees centigrade (you can do your math here or just use pretty warm water) to wash your hands, clothes, etc. Besides, hot water makes more suds and that is good.
- Alcohol or any mixture of alcohol at more than 65% will dissolve any grease/fats, especially the outer fat layer of the virus.
- Any mixture of 1 part clorox and 5 parts water dissolve directly the protein, which kills it from the inside.
- Oxidized water can be used besides soap, alcohol, and clorox because peroxide dissolves the protein of the virus, but you have to use it alone and it damages the skin.
- NO BACTERIACIDE WORKS. Since the virus is not a living organism, you can’t kill anything that is not alive with antibiotics, except to rapidly disintegrate its structure with everything mentioned above.
- NEVER shake clothes you have worn (or not worn) nor sheets or anything made of cloth. As long as it is stuck to a porous surface, it is inert and will disintegrate in 3 hours (cloth and porous surfaces) 4 hours (copper which is naturally antiseptic and wood because it pulls away all of the humidity and it stays stuck and disintegrates), 24 hours (cardboard), 42 hours (metal) and 72 hours (plastic). Don’t dust or use a duster as the molecules of the virus will float in the air for up to 3 hours and can lodge in the nose.
- The molecules of the virus are very stable in outdoor cold, air conditioning in houses and cars. It needs humidity to be stable and also darkness. Therefore, in environments that are dehumidified, dry, and with a lot of light will disintegrate it more rapidly.
- ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT on any object where it can land will disintegrate the protein of the virus. For example, it is perfect to disinfect and be able to reuse a mask. Careful as it also disintegrates the protein in the skin (collagen) and can cause big wrinkles and skin cancer.
- No virus can go through healthy skin.
- Vinegar does not work because it doesn’t dissolve the protective layer of grease.
- NO FIREWATER OR VODKA work. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol and you need at least 65%.
- LISTERINE DOES WORK! It is 65% alcohol.
- The more confined space the virus is in, the more concentrated it becomes. Open air and natural ventilation are the best.
- It is imperative to wash your hands before and after touching mucous areas, food, knobs, light switches, remote controls, cell phones, watches, computers, desks, TVs etc. And when after using the toilet.
- You need to use lotion on your dry hands, because the molecules can hide in tiny cracks. The thicker the cream, the better. Also keep your fingernails short! so the virus can’t hide in there either.