How to Kill Coronavirus

April 5, 2020 Joe Brady

We are being hunted. The Coronavirus has some pretty potent strategies for finding itself new hosts to infect. It’s time for the hunted to become the hunter. They say “the best defense is a good offense” and it’s time humans began to seriously fight back. Instead of cowering in the face of Coronavirus, we need to reframe the ordeal and go on offense. Scientists know what kills the damn thing lets all go on the attack and get after it. It is easy to become overwhelmed by this pandemic it seems so unreal, but in actual reality, every person can help slow down the spread of COVID-19. By each of us doing our part, we can make a big difference to our own health, and that of others around us.

#1 Most powerful anti-corona technique is to starve the damn thing

We know that coronavirus likes to infect new hosts by being in close proximity to crowds of new hosts to infect. Social distancing is the name we give to public health measures designed to starve the virus into extinction. By denying it new victims to infect the virus will die out. This is ultimately how any infection from SARS, MERS, and even the Black Plague were eradicated, in the end, this is how we will defeat this enemy.

for more, see this bit from John’s Hopkins Medicine

For a funny but albeit expletive-laden explanation of the virtue of social distancing see this bit by Samuel L. Jackson

#2 Drown it in soap and water

Why Soap Destroy’s Coronavirus

All viruses are bits of genetic code bundled inside a collection of lipids (fats) and proteins, which can include a fat-based casing known as a viral envelope. Destroying an enveloped virus takes less effort than their non-enveloped compatriots, such as the stomach-busting norovirus, which can last for months on a surface. Enveloped viruses typically survive outside of a body for only a matter of days and are considered among the easiest to kill, because once their fragile exterior is broken down, they begin to degrade. We can drown it with soap and water. We can poison it on surfaces with Lysol or bleach. Let’s give this virus no hosts to infect, no surfaces on which to linger, literally no place to hide.

Fun video: 

Wash Your Hands. No, Like This.

Handwashing Poster

And if you want to spread the word, here is a link to a free poster you can print that has all the preferred handwashing steps!

#3 Fortify Your Defences

This From Deaconess Health

We are welcoming fabric masks from our community as we prepare for COVID-19.

Thank you so much for your interest and care. 

Orders for standard/disposable masks are on long back-orders, due to both demand and supply chain issues.  Other hospitals across the country are reporting the same supply concerns.

While fabric masks are not to be used in the care of COVID-19 patients, according to the CDC, fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted. Fabric masks can also be helpful in other areas of patient care as supplies of PPE are depleted.  

“Prior to modern disposable masks, washable fabric masks were standard use for hospitals,” said Dawn Rogers, MSN, RN, FNP-C, Patient Safety & Infection Prevention Office.  “We will be able to sterilize these masks and use them repeatedly as needed.  While it’s less than ideal, we want to do our best to protect our staff and patients during this pandemic.” 

(I’ve been told Joann Fabrics has got precut kits.)

how to make a surgical mask

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# 4 Know Your Enemy

Sun Zi’s Art of war states “know your enemy and know yourself, win 10,000 battles without fail.

The following is from Irene Ken physician, whose daughter is an Asst. Prof in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University, quite informative.

* 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 aggressors 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.

The following is from Irene Ken physician, whose daughter is an Asst. Prof in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins…

Posted by Concerned Owatonnans for Public Education on Thursday, March 26, 2020

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We’ve known about SARS-CoV-2 for only three months, but scientists can make some educated guesses about where it came from and why it’s behaving in such an extreme way.

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Latest Resources from Denver Health

Denver Health has enacted new policies to help prevent the spread of infection by limiting access points to the main hospital as well as our family health centers. There will be wellness screenings in place for all patients, visitors and staff. And visitor limits have been set across our network. You can learn more about these changes at

State of Colorado’s Latest Resources

For specific information, please call the CDPHE Call Center at 303-692-2700.

For general questions about COVID-19: Call CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email, for answers in English and Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more.  

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