This information comes from an article that we could not confirm; however, we were able to confirm each of the separate points, making the suggestions for protecting and cleaning for the Corona Virus very helpful. We decided to add this information to help those of us visiting the site with staying clear of COVID-19. (We  rearranged some parts of the article for space. Italicized information was added outside of the article.)

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 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 25 degrees Celsius (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. (I also read that 10 parts water will work with bleach, so there's a bit of a conflict, but bleach works, bottom line.)

  • 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.

  • 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.

What doesn't work:

  • NO BACTERICIDE OR ANTIBIOTIC SERVES. The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; antibodies cannot kill what is not alive. 

  • 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 is good though. It is 65% alcohol.

NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth. While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and takes this amount of time to disintegrate:

 3 hours (fabric and porous)
4 hours (copper and wood)
24 hours (cardboard)
42 hours (metal)
72 hours (plastic)

If you shake cloth or use a feather duster, the virus molecules can float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.  Also, 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.

The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin. You may have to HUMIDIFY DRY HANDS after so much washing. 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 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 mucous, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc. And when using the bathroom.

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