We Change the way the world sees you!
By: Dr Brigitte Spitze B.Sc. (Wits), M.Dip.H (Natal)
In an effort to reduce the panic and provide you with ‘real news’, that is credible and well researched, I’ll send out emails as I come across information that endeavours to be valuable and implementable
How soap absolutely annihilates the coronavirus
According to says Palli Thordarson, a chemistry professor at the University of New South Wales, and an expert in supramolecular chemistry and the assembly of nanoparticles, soap destroys viruses in the following way:
Viruses are simple, but effective structures. They are made up of genetic material (RNA), proteins and lipids (fats). The lipids surround the virus, protecting it and enabling it to enter cells more easily (the membrane around our cells essentially consists of lipids). This viral structure has no strong (covalent) bonds holding it together. These bonds are hydrogen bonds and are lipophilic (literally fat-loving). In essence this means that viruses love other surface that have a lipids (fats) in them, rather than surfaces without fats, e.g. stainless steel. This is how the virus is ‘transmitted’ to the human body.
Soap contains amphiphiles, and these compete with the lipids in the viral membrane
The soap molecules then compete with the bonds holding the viral molecule together and causes the virus to break apart
The most common ingredient in soap is sodium lauryl sulphate, so when looking for hand washes or soap, please look for this
I’d like to point out that chemistry was never my favourite subject, but this I found fascinating!!!
Taken from the original twitter feed: https://twitter.com/PalliThordarson/status/1236549305189597189
Hope you find this information useful and that it allows you to implement steps to prevent illness. In a situation like this, the more we can each do to look after our own health and keep the infection rate down, and keep the hospitals and emergency services for those who truly need it, both with respect to corona but also all the other medical conditions that need care, the better for all of us
Dr Brigitte Spitze
B.Sc. (Wits), M.Dip.H (Natal)
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