Clear Up This Virus Sooner
Coronavirus high-risk spaces: Indoors with lots of people, warns UMass professor
These include restaurants, workplaces and social gatherings
As states/provinces reopen and people re-enter society amid the coronavirus pandemic, they should be leery of high-risk spaces where the virus can spread across the room, warns a UMass infectious disease expert.
Indoor spaces with lots of people — and poor air circulation — are “concerning from a transmission standpoint,” immunologist Erin Bromage wrote in a recent online post that went viral with more than 11 million views.
Lots of talking, singing and yelling in an enclosed space is a recipe for super-spreading events, he noted.
“Social distancing guidelines don’t hold in indoor spaces where you spend a lot of time, as people on the opposite side of the room were infected,” wrote Bromage, an associate professor of biology at UMass Dartmouth.
The main sources for coronavirus infections are: workplaces, public transportation, social gatherings, restaurants and homes.
“This accounts for 90% of all transmission events,” he wrote. “In contrast, outbreaks spread from shopping appear to be responsible for a small percentage of traced infections.”
He highlighted coronavirus outbreaks in restaurants, religious ceremonies, workplaces, birthday parties and funerals. Bromage also mentioned face-to-face business networking, and noted the Biogen conference in Boston.
“All these infection events were indoors, with people closely-spaced, with lots of talking, singing, or yelling,” Bromage wrote about the super-spreading events.
“In all these cases, people were exposed to the virus in the air for a prolonged period (hours),” he wrote. “Even if they were 50 feet away (choir or call center), even a low dose of the virus in the air reaching them, over a sustained period, was enough to cause infection and in some cases, death.” – Continue reading: bostonherald.com
I Live Alone And Won’t Be Able To Hug Anyone For Months.
What Can I Do Until Then?
Physical distancing is for our own good, but it doesn’t feel great. At first, staying home during the coronavirus pandemic felt really doable for me. In fact, it felt like something I was well prepared to handle.
I had been working from home full-time for months before that suddenly became the norm. My Toronto apartment is a safe, cosy spot (for which, thankfully, I’m still able to afford the rent). Plus, I’m naturally the type of person that cherishes alone time.
I am really lucky, and I was doing fine — until I realized that quarantining solo meant that I haven’t had physical contact with anyone since March 11. More importantly, it will likely be months until I am able to hug anyone again. Continue reading: huffingtonpost.ca
What can be done to stop this mysterious virus? Researchers are working to contain the spread, and are learning new facts about infection mechanisms. The latest research reveals how tiny droplets carrying the virus can remain in the air for some time. – NHK
Hope this helps people understand what they can do to help clear up this virus sooner.
I found this helpful and interesting. – Michael H Stenz
The following is from Irene Ken’s physician, whose daughter is an Asst. Prof in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University.
* 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 convert 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 the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: 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.
* HEAT melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 77 degrees Fahrenheit for washing hands, clothes and everything. In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.
* Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY 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 long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.
* NO BACTERICIDE OR ANTIBIOTIC SERVES. The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; antibodies cannot kill what is not alive.
* NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth. While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only
-between 3 hours (fabric and porous),
-4 hours (copper and wood)
-24 hours (cardboard),
– 42 hours (metal) and
-72 hours (plastic).
But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.
* The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial as air conditioners in houses and cars. They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster.
* UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein. For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect. Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin.
* The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.
* Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.
* NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%.
* LISTERINE IF IT SERVES! 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.
* You have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc. And when using the bathroom.
* You have to Moisturize dry hands from so much washing them, because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better.
* Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.
- JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL
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