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Yet we know nothing about the real effect of neither ehanol nor isoproly on Corona. Is one effective, the other one not? Is either "marginally" effective, the other one "immediately"?
Briefly stated: There is no reliable information about how corona reacts to either ethanol nor to isopropyl.
I am really surprised that there isn't. I would think that it would be quite simple to come up with something Corona-specific to justify the one or the other.
I gemerally trust health authorited. But when the just hammer in "Use antibac! Use alcohol", and when you ask them for concrete evidence that it has a real effect on Corona (not on national health in general as seen in a ten year perspective), then I start questioning it. I have learnt that such questioning is BAD, and should not be brought to the public. Nevertheless, inside my own enclosed cave, I dare to ask myself: If they can't display the effect on the corona, why are they then pushing it so intensively?
So it is not a bad idea to use alcohol/antibac to fight those other threats. But I wouldn't at all be surprised if we, half a year from now, say that "Alcohol/antibac had no real effect on the Corona itself.
I would be. Similar to news that Corona can survive on silver.
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Since I live in a biomedical cluster I have some friends/acquaintances that are in the knowledge of the hows and whys. (One professor and two doctors in microbiology)
And still I haven't been able to get a clear yes or no answer.
Anyway, here goes the theory:
In the case of bacteria you want to desiccate them and for that the optimum percentage is between 70-85% ethanol.
Corona viruses are encased in a lipid shell.
Lipids are waterproof but soluble in alcohol. So here the aim is for dissolving them, which means, go for strength.
How efficient is it? This is where it gets blurry.
Consensus seems to be that washing your hands is probably more efficient, but it doesn't hurt to use alcohol as well. Unless you overdo it and get dry skin with cracks in it where virii and bacteria can hide.
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