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why are people focusing on handwashing re: Coronavirus? 

well first of all washing your hands regularly with warm water and soap is just good practice especially during flu season to limit the spread of disease. but there is an extra bit of virus science that makes handwashing particularly powerful against coronavirus.

Its considered an "enveloped virus" aka it has a lipid (fatty) membrane around it. Soap has the ability to dissolve that layer and kill the virus. good practice is 30+ seconds.

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this is not to say that this is 100% effective. we know that is not true. but its damn sure helpful and with enough people following good practice it could very well slow pandemic level spread of the virus significantly

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if you are not in an at-risk group, do this for the most vulnerable people in your community. even if your chance of getting/suffering greatly from this is low, that does not mean you can afford to be lax/not care. you can still spread it. the best defense for all against the virus is a robust and informed general public adopting proven public health and containment practices.

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also, for the record, the flu is also an enveloped virus which is why hand washing during flu season is especially highlighted

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@swirlz personally, i am more focused on washing my dick. you never know!!!

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@Absolutely_Blakely @swirlz to be fair you should. It's spread through membranes and fluids

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@stevelord @swirlz i knew it!!

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@Absolutely_Blakely @stevelord wash that dick, homie!

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@swirlz good rundown, thanks :)

why are people focusing on handwashing re: Coronavirus? 

@swirlz the way i see it is, there is really no downside to washing my hands more and maybe also trying to stop touching my face so often

why are people focusing on handwashing re: Coronavirus? 

@swirlz this the first time i've read the lipid thing, thanks!

why are people focusing on handwashing re: Coronavirus? 

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I'll tell my partner to do the dishes from now on, aka "corona prevention" 😁

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