A virus is a tiny pathogen,
somewhere between alive
and almost alive. They can’t
reproduce themselves, but
instead attack the cells of
other living organisms and
use them to reproduce.
Viruses mutate and change
over time, creating new
types of viruses with
different effects on plants
and animals. Some viruses
cause diseases in humans,
and those are the ones we
usually care about the most.
Unless you are a doctor, the best thing you can do about COVID-19 is to stay safe and stay isolated to prevent the spread of the disease. You should also be cleaning your area to kill those viruses that might be on the surfaces around you. Start with good old soap and water to remove dirt and grime, then move on to some sort of disinfectant.
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Bleach, active ingredient sodium hypochlorite, is a powerful disinfectant that’s effective on hard surfaces. You want a solution of about 0.12% sodium hypochlorite. To get that, you’ll need to look at the label on your bleach. Mine says it’s 8.25% sodium hypochlorite, so I mix ½ tablespoon bleach with 2 cups water. Don’t make too much – it loses potency in about a day.
To use this, wear gloves and apply the bleach solution to hard surfaces with a rag or a sponge and let sit at least 1 minute. If possible, just let it dry by itself.
Be careful with bleach. It’s corrosive, and can harm your skin, eyes, and lungs. Don’t touch it with your bare hands, and don’t breathe in the fumes. Don’t mix bleach with anything but water.
Alcohol is also effective against viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Your target concentration is 50-70% alcohol, so your best bet is 70% rubbing alcohol straight from the bottle or mixed with ⅓ cup of water per cup of alcohol.
Vodka isn’t concentrated enough, but Everclear is. There are several versions out there, so you’ll need to add water to get a 50-70% solution. That’s going to be ⅞ cup of water with a cup of 190 proof alcohol.
Rubbing alcohol has poisonous additives, so don’t ingest it. It will also dry out your skin pretty bad, so wear gloves. Keep it away from open flames, too.
Hydrogen peroxide is an effective way to clean around the house, and it’s safer than bleach. You can use your basic household 3-6% solution of hydrogen peroxide straight from the bottle. Now, you’ll notice the bottle is opaque and brown. That’s because hydrogen peroxide breaks down when exposed to light, so maintain its potency by keeping it in the sealed original bottle.
Your hydrogen peroxide will bleach the color from anything it comes in contact with, including your fingers, so wear some gloves to protect your hands.
Stay safe out there, everybody. Wash your hands, clean your home, and disinfect to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We’ll get through this together (but physically apart).
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