The higher Covid-19 infection rates make many people more worried about the safety of themselves and their families.
Worry is indeed important to increase alertness. But if excessive, the feeling will actually increase the burden on the mind and lead to decreased endurance.
In order not to worry too much, you need to know, that the corona virus also has weaknesses.
This weakness can be used to prevent transmission, so the risk of contracting can be lower. So far, scientists, researchers, and health workers, have devised ways to prevent Covid-19 transmission through these weaknesses.
What are the weaknesses of the corona virus?
One thing that makes many people worry about Covid-19 is because there are no drugs or vaccines that are specifically intended to overcome and prevent this disease.
Therefore, the best way that can be done to protect ourselves is to take maximum precaution.
However, even though it spreads quickly, the corona virus also has weaknesses that can be used to break the chain of transmission. Then actually, what are the weaknesses of the corona virus?
1. Easily lost with fat solvents
What is fat solvent? Yes that’s right, fat solvents are the soap we use everyday. Corona virus, can be destroyed and die if exposed to soap.
That is why, we are recommended to diligently wash hands with soap and water to prevent Covid-19 infection.
Then, why is soap effective for killing corona virus? The answer is in the composition of the virus itself. Corona virus is basically composed of three parts, namely:
DNA or RNA which is the core of the virus
Protein which is the raw material for viruses to multiply themselves
A layer of fat as an outer protector
The three parts are actually not strongly attached to each other. So, when the fat layer is destroyed by soap, the virus will be destroyed and die.
So, the call to wash hands is a valid and very effective step to prevent Covid-19 transmission.
If you diligently wash your hands with soap and running water, then the possibility of the virus moving from the hands and into the body will be reduced dramatically.
2. Can be defeated by antibodies
Covid-19 infection can occur in several severities, ranging from mild to severe.
In Covid-19 patients who have mild symptoms, this infection can resolve on its own as long as the body’s immune system is good.
A study conducted in Australia agrees that one of the weaknesses of the corona virus is in the face of healthy antibodies.
This study looked at regularly the levels of antibodies produced by a 47-year-old Covid-19 patient with mild to moderate symptoms.
Such patients do not have concomitant diseases such as hypertension or diabetes. His overall body condition is healthy and there is only one infection that is happening, namely Covid-19.
On days 7-9 since the symptoms of Covid-19 first appeared in these patients, a number of antibodies began to form in the body.
This is a sign, the body is issuing various weapons to try to fight the corona virus. A few days after the antibodies formed, the patient’s body began to improve.
Indeed, further research is still needed on a larger scale to see the pattern of “war” between the corona virus and antibodies.
However, the above research can serve as a reminder of the importance of maintaining endurance by living a healthy lifestyle.
3. Can be killed by disinfecting
Corona viruses have many types. There is a corona virus that causes SARS, MERS, and currently a new species is found, resulting in Covid-19.
Each of them does have differences and still needs more research. But so far, it is known that in general the character of the coronavirus family is quite similar, which is considered weak if it has to deal with disinfectant material.
Based on research results, the corona virus that causes SARS and MERS can survive on the surface of objects such as metal, glass, or plastic for several days.
Although so far there has been no research on the resistance of the virus that causes Covid-19 on the surface, but it is thought the results are not much different from other coronavirus cousins.
The good news, the virus is considered to be inactive with disinfectants such as alcohol with 60-70% levels, 0.5% hydrogen peroxide, or 0.1% sodium hypochlorite within 1 minute.
So be diligent in cleaning the surface of objects that are often touched such as mobile phones, door handles, and work tables using disinfectant materials.
4. Weakened in hot temperatures
So far there has been no research that says that the virus that causes Covid-19 is weak to heat. However, coronaviruses that cause SARS can prove to be weak in hot temperatures.
Based on data published by the world health agency, World Health Organization (WHO), the virus that causes SARS can be killed at 56 ° C.
5. Can not last a long surface
Corona virus can indeed last several days on the surface. However, over time, this virus is no longer strong enough to cause infection.
So that both the WHO and the Indonesian Ministry of Health do not prohibit the sending of packages between countries because the risk of transmission through the media of package delivery is very low.
The weakness of the corona virus should be known so you can understand how to prevent Covid-19 transmission and not to underestimate this virus. Always do prevention in various places and times, so that the risk of contracting this virus remains low.