Humanity, compassion and soap. Soap is a bazooka to SARS-CoV-2 [Editorial]
Is this a good time to end the sins of mankind? Can we implement a global ceasefire that stops all armed conflicts (about 48 at this time) and end all needless killing? Yes. Humanity itself has a common enemy to fight.
- Now is the time to follow the lead of António Guterres, the UN Secretary General. He wants the world to accept a multilateral ceasefire.
- “Cease Fire and Go Home. That is what human solidarity demands.”
[Editorial] by Micheal John
Is this a good time to stop persecuting our fellow humans for being human rights defenders and free thinkers? Yes. We need them alive or at least having a fair chance to fight for their lives at home.
- Now is the time to release all political prisoners. Iran and Saudi Arabia detained most of the most notable human rights defenders of the world. Release them.
- Canada should release Meng Wanzhou.
- Britain should release 48-year-old Australian Julian Assange.
- The Philippines should release Dr. Leila de Lima.
- Saudi Arabia should release Loujain al-Hathloul and the hundreds of other human rights defenders it holds in detention without just process.
- And that’s just a start to the list. How good is each government around the world at building solidarity with humanity? Let’s not forget those that didn’t.
If humanity works together with compassion and honours health workers, who fight for life, humanity will deserve their hard work. Stop smashing lives while health workers are trying to save lives. Free all political prisoners and let them too go to their homes and families and fight this war with their loved ones. Please.
There’s plenty of equity in that.
You want to fight? Fight this thing.
Meanwhile, let’s all arm ourselves with a bazooka against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. It’s a bar of soap.
I actually laughed out loud as I looked for a new toothbrush and watched people grab and horde hundreds of bottles of anti-bacterial soaps and cleaners. SARS-CoV-2 is a virus. It is not bacteria. Viruses, especially the coronavirus, are quite different.
The virus that has caused a global pandemic has its own Kryptonite. Soap is worse than kryptonite. It splits their corona guts open.
The frailty of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is that it’s shell is made of some protein and lipid. It is a bit sticky and seems to like cool damp environments if it is not inside a host. It sticks to your hands. It sticks to some surfaces.
The shell or envelope of the virus contains the Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) of the virus and some DNA. These are the genetic blueprints of existence and of propagation.
SARS-CoV-2 has no legs, no feet, no wings. It is a respiratory virus and can only enter a host’s body through the mouth or nose. It can do that as an aerosolized particle enveloped in a droplet of moisture from a cough or sneeze or just plain talking. It can also find a new host by sticking to surfaces, like hands, then waiting for its chance when a person touches their face while having a viral load on their fingers.
To understand how SARS-CoV-2 exists as a ‘lifeform’ requires some outside-of-the-box science thinking. Many of its needed functions are borrowed from mammal host cells. As the cause of the current pandemic the SARS-CoV-2 uses the machinery of human lungs to reproduce itself.
SARS-CoV-2 attacks and kills the immunity cells (T-cells), the ones that normally fight body-invaders.
Then the new coronavirus hijacks pulmonary cells by connecting to the ACE-2 receptors on the host’s cells and exploits their engine to make huge numbers of copies of itself. That leads to a range of problems that can result in serious illness and even death.
It needs its package of RNA and DNA to do all this. That’s where the bazooka comes in handy. Spill its guts with your soap.
Reviewing this explanation, one can see how crucial the “RNA package” inside the protein/lipid shell is to the viability of this coronavirus.
OK, let’s each one of us kill this virus.
We need to breach the envelope, open it up and spill the viruses’ guts.
How do we do that?
Soap. Ordinary soap like dish detergent, shampoo, bar soap, anything that foams and gets into the crevices of hands will do the job.
According to experts taking a close look at the SARS-CoV-2 ordinary soap dissolves the lipid (fat) of the virus shell. Once your soap cuts into this evil monster, you spill its guts. Don’t stop there. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and rub all over your hands and fingers, including thumbs, to dislodge the wrecked coronavirus carcasses, then wash them down the drain with water. Do it. Think of this paragraph while you are doing it and scream your war cry if you like because you are a winning warrior when you wash your hands.