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Some views are that viruses are never actually alive.

A friend of my wife (they're both retired RNs) sent a paper with this:

"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."

Below is a longer article from Scientific American

(In response to this post by The Hook)

Link: Scientific American Article

Posted: 03/25/2020 at 2:41PM


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