about the coronavirus

These past several  weeks I've progressed in my understanding of the hideous coronavirus (CV) and developed a protocol for Carol and me to follow.   We're in the "over 70 generation" and especially vulnerable.    A key part of this protocol is wearing masks -- the right kind of masks.  Here's what I've learned.      


CV is a tiny particle consisting of:

  • Inner core of genetic material i.e. long molecules of DNA and RNA
  • Hard protein coating that surrounds this genetic material
  • Spike line protrusions that facilitate its entry into our body's cells.

Some more characteristics:

  • It's not dead like a rock.    It's not alive like a living cell.   It's in between.  Scientists are still debating how to classify it .e. living or dead.
  • It's very STICKY.   Those spikes are like those suction cups on a toy ball.   CV wants to grap onto cells, stick, and then enter in.   This feature is what makes it so dangerous and infectious.
  • Once inside your body it replicates itself in a massive way.
  • It's like a piece of fat.  Outside your body it is fragile and can be readily destroyed with soap and water.    IF you can get soapy water on it.
  • It behaves like a wicked, sneaky, animal i.e. a wolf in sheep's clothing.  It can be inside one's body and not cause any, or slight (like a runny nose) symptoms and be secretly carried from that person to another.      25% of infected people do not shows sign of CV infection but can infect others.     This is asymptomatic transmission. 
  • It's super tiny.   700 times smaller than human hair.

Coronavirus (CV) life expectancy

The term "LIfe Expectancy" is a misnomer here because CV is not a living thing.   It doesn't die, it breaks down i.e. disintegrates into harmless particles.   How stable is the CV particle before it breakdowns all depends on the surface it's in contact with.   This topic is still not fully understood.  

Here is a March 17, 2020 National Institute of Health (NIH) news release:

"The scientists found that severe respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV)-2) was detectable in aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.  

Active CV Life

Here's one graph that shows how the amount of active virus particle decreases on different surfaces with time, i.e. finally reaching a low, safe, level.     For the KN95 and N95 nonwoven mask materials the highly active CV amount decreases  to a very low level in 4  hours.      Playing it safe think at least 8 hours.