Reader Question 14 March 2020:
Q: Ultraviolet light is claimed to kill bacteria and other pathogens. Will it kill the coronavirus? If so, what details can you provide as to required wattage and effective use to sanitize surfaces in the home, and perhaps on one's body and extremities?
C: "Yes, the reason and cause we mentioned direct sunlight. The majority of humans do not have ultraviolet light bulbs however this invisible-to-the-human-eye light is a component of sunlight.
Viruses exposed to direct surface sunlight under a cloudless sky at the equator will be eliminated in two to four minutes. The required interval will be proportionally longer, as clouds or the sun angle at latitudes closer to the north and south rotation axes, reduce sunlight reaching the virus. This applies to any virus which can survive atmosphere exposure.
Artificial ultraviolet light is less intense, causing viruses to require a precisely proportional increase in time to compensate. From ten to twenty minutes is sufficient.
The virus enters a human body nasally and orally, as do others. If the virus is exhaled away from heat or light of sufficient strengths to kill it, it can be inhaled by another person. This method of transmission is not common beyond a contaminated person who coughs or sneezes, ejecting a much larger number of viruses, projecting them a greater distance. The solution is to cover the face with a sufficiently large cloth when coughing or sneezing.
More commonly, the virus is placed onto a hard surface by a person who has touched their face with their hand, then that surface. Another person touches it, then their own face. Examples are doorknobs and handrails.
When in public, pay attention to a person who sneezes or coughs in your presence. Stop breathing immediately; do not draw in a breath then hold it. Do not do this; simply stop breathing as you immediately open a five meter space between yourself and the person who sneezed or coughed. Then draw a deep breath.
After touching a surface with your hands outside where you sleep or stay, do not touch your face until after washing your hands or rubbing with a small amount of alcohol, a half teaspoon is sufficient.
The virus will live several hours in some cases on human skin or clothes, but no more. Rub the hands with a half teaspoon or so of any household cleaner safe for human hands such as rubbing alcohol, distilled spirits or spray cleaners, all will work. A bath or shower will remove the virus from the body just as does hand washing. Allow clothing to sit for several hours, the virus will expire.
These steps will greatly reduce all human-to-human viral transmissions, including influenza."
In Europe the virus is making its way rather quickly in some parts from Italy.
Says The Committee:
As occurs with all such microorganisms, propagation through any species is not voluntary, however humans unlike any other being on Earth, have much better awareness thus ability to lessen the pace of transmission.
So far the increase has occurred because contagious people were unaware, which has been slowed to a great extent already.
This virus is not new to Earth, however humans do not have the ability to seek fossilized remains of the predecessors of any virus or bacteria to determine previous iterations to the current mutation thus manifestation of the current malady.
No physical being civilization in your sector of the galaxy has ability to map development of organisms where the predecessors or remains no longer exist; no trace of such previous versions are available. Thus we provide detail which you cannot have but from our timeless perspective.
The similarity of the current virus to others already known is the indicator.
Many times on Earth has a similar manifestation and spread of viral condition occurred, however quick global travel of humans plus rapid information are the new factors involved at the moment.
Human resistance to disease will in many cases and conditions develop as the immune system adapts, this aspect of homo sapiens DNA was the objective of much upgrading done by your close cousins, friends and neighbors in your star cluster, when the first humanoids were changed.
The great challenge with any automatic response system is overkill, and in some human cases this response has strongly answered a false detection and caused harm, not cure. This is rare, as you all know, and occurs because perfection is not possible. The development of every disease, bacteria, virus and condition cannot be predicted. Thus the human body often develops a long term or permanent immunity to a specific virus but cannot when a mutation arrives. A comprehensive auto-immune response covering many possible variations and mutations would also greatly increase excessive thus harmful-to-a-human false responses. The line to be walked was a thin one.
This virus is no more or less likely to spread than many well known variations of what humans call influenza and others also, the greater difference at this moment being novelty. The auto-immune resistance is now developing as it spreads.
Rapid, voluminous distribution of information is providing panic fire fuel, eagerly burned. It is very exciting, is it not?
The fatality rate will settle in and level out quite similar to influenza. By the time sufficient data is collected and studied to demonstrate this, much of mankind will have forgotten, moving attention to another topic, labeled crisis also.
As ambient temperatures increase with the onset of the northern hemisphere spring then summer, the virus will not survive as easily outside the human body, or for as long.
Direct sunlight will cause it to expire in minutes at the most.
To your numbered questions we reply:
1) It is peaking now, but that information is not available to humans in a database manner scientifically minded humans will accept. The decline will become apparent in short order, but only after it has happened.
2) Pregnancy is not material to the virus, although it is more than natural for a woman expecting a baby to be especially concerned. The expecting mother is not more contagious than any infected female or male. Conversely, a woman is not more susceptible or at risk because of pregnancy, and her unborn child will not typically suffer permanent effects after a successful birth, although it is possible if unlikely.
We suggest a pregnant woman follow all precautions already recommended, most particularly to keep hands sanitized, washed and avoid touching the face until hands have been cleaned, after making contact with other people or things they have touched. Avoid anyone coughing or sneezing, put distance between yourself and others doing this, immediately. Keep this distance.
3) Not a DNA mutation for immunity. In your case you have avoided the flu because of low exposure frequency. No person is infected by one single virus, just as no female reproductive ova is fertilized in the presence of a single spermatozoa cell, although only one does the work the many arrive to accomplish.
You personally have not been exposed to sufficient concentrations of the influenza virus, and your immune system resisted what you encountered.
The human auto-immune system in general will develop a resistance to a specific virus, the process is hard wired into all human DNA circuits. The DNA itself does not change.
4) Yes, however low cost is a relative term. One shekel, riyal, rupee or yen is expensive to anyone who has always paid but half that amount for the same product and service. The cost for this virus will become similar to other viral infestation tests.
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