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Viruses

🦠 Viruses are teeny tiny invisible bits of genetic material wrapped in a protein shell.⁣

🌌 They are believed to have played a role in evolution. ⁣

⚖️ Viruses are neither dead nor alive, they must infect a living cell to replicate and survive!⁣

❌ Not all viruses are deadly, in fact, some can be engineered to be beneficial in a medical setting such as cancer therapy. ⁣

🧫 Bacteria and viruses are two very different things… keep an eye out for future posts to discuss!⁣

🦇 Viruses infect all manner of living things. Although not all viruses infect all species. SARS-CoV-2 is an example of a virus existing in one species before jumping to another.


See our blog post for more info on the origins of SARS-CoV-2 here and how viruses emerge here and all about bats and viruses here.

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Convalescent Serum… What?

Convalescent Serum… What?

There’s a LOT of information out there about potential treatments, therapies, drugs and vaccines which might be able to help in the fight against COVID-19 💉

Convalescent sera have been around as a therapy tested in a huge range of diseases – even as far back as the 1918 Influenza epidemic, and as recently as the 2014 Ebola outbreaks! 🏥

But what actually is this? Why are we taking people’s blood? 🩸 Is it going to help anything?
Read on to find more 🤓

Read our blog post about COVID-19 Treatments here.

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Wash your hands

I’m sure we’re all fed up of hearing “WASH YOUR HANDS” but it really is a quick and easy way to protect yourself and those around you. 👐

We were asked how this actually works and which stages of the handwashing process makes a difference… ❓

Soap and warm water: 💦

The number one preferred method.
Soap contains fatty substances known as amphiphiles. These clever little molecules work to lift things off your hands when you wash them. 🦠Viruses, like the soap are made of fatty molecules. When you mix soap with the virus, it breaks down the outside layer and opens it up. Essentially, “killing” it. Therefore it is no longer infectious.

Hand sanitizer:

This should only be used when you DO NOT have access to soap and clean, running water.Hand sanitizing rubs are also incredibly important for healthcare professionals to use in hospitals, and stocks are running low. 🏥

It is also important to mention, that for hand sanitizers to be effective against viruses, you need at least 60-70% alcohol content in your sanitizer.

Like the soap, this high level of alcohol breaks down the outer shell of the virus and causes it to break down.
Now..
How long do you need to wash your hands for? @who recommend singing happy birthday twice through to yourself (lasting for 20-30 seconds). ⌛
But there have been plenty of other suggestions…. What has been your favourite? Comment below ⬇️

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The Self Isolation Timeline

Here is our easy guide to The Self Isolation Timeline:

We’ve had a couple of queries about self isolation and when the clock should start and stop.

🔴 If you develop symptoms, however mild, you must self isolate in your home for 7️⃣ days post onset or until you no longer have symptoms. ⁣

🔵 If you live with someone who has developed symptoms, you must also self isolate but for 1️⃣4️⃣ days from the onset of your housemates symptoms. ⁣

⭐️ 🔴 If you develop symptoms during the 14 day isolation period, the clock resets for you ⏱. You must now self isolate for 7️⃣ days from the onset of your symptoms or until you are symptom free. ⁣

The Self Isolation Timeline:

Self isolation timeline

For more information on social distancing, self isolation and ‘shielding’ post.

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