It can't be emphasized enough!
It looks like the U.S. is into it's 4th wave of the coronovirus because of the more rapid spreading variants and Canada is entering it's 3rd indicating we need to be more vigilant than ever.
Yes, vaccines are becoming more available thank goodness, (it may be that we will have to get the coronovirus vaccine once a year just like a flu shot) but that doesn't mean we should forget the basics of preventing the spread. One of the simplest and most effective ways to stop vriuses dead in their tracks is by washing our hands.
Dr. David Goldberg, an internist and infectious disease specialist at NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Westchester and an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons tells us,
"Soap molecules disrupt the fatty layer or coat surrounding the virus. Once the viral coat is broken down, the virus is no longer able to function."
"Contaminated hands are one of the most important means of spread,” says Dr. Goldberg. “If you get the virus on your hands and touch your face, you can become infected. Also, if you touch someone else or some object which is then touched by someone else, the hands of that person can become contaminated, leading to further spread.”
Important to note is to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. "You work up a good lather, allowing the soap to do its magic. “The soap molecules need some time to react with the viral coat and break it up,” says Dr. Goldberg. “The process is reasonably fast, but it’s not instantaneous.” Singing the Happy Birthday song twice while washing your hands does the trick.
You may say you've heard this before, but again, it needs to be emphasized and become regular practice not just a temporary one. Most scientists are saying that the coronovirus is here to stay and that there will be other similar virus outbreaks in our future. We must be prudent, learn what works best to remain healthy, and wash, wash, wash....
See: How Soap Suds Kill the Coronavirus:
And another good article to read is, How the pandemic might play out in 2021 and beyond
This coronavirus is here for the long haul - here’s what scientists predict for the next months and years, at: www.nature.com/a