Simplest way to prevent spread of virus
As the nation continues to count hundreds of new COVID infections, a 3D-simulation from the University of NSW offers timely advice – lather up.
A 3D-visualisation of soap destroying the coronavirus is a reminder that simply washing your hands can help stem the pandemic, UNSW academics say.
“With the threat of the second wave upon us, simple hygiene is something everyone can do to prevent the spread of the virus,” says Professor Pall Thordarson, from UNSW Science. “Soap can destroy the virus on your skin.”
The scientifically accurate simulation, a collaboration between UNSW Art & Design and UNSW Science, shows soap acting on contaminated skin covered with tiny coronavirus particles.
The simulation uses a cinematic approach to deliver a powerful message.
“One of the very few pieces of good news about this virus is that it’s actually very fragile. If you wash your hands with soap, the whole virus basically collapses like a house of cards,” Prof. Thordarson says.
“Soap molecules break up the greasy external lipid molecules of the virus and weaken its membrane, making it less and less stable. Soap also rips away some of the virus’s membrane to create new soap bubbles.
“And that’s enough to destroy the virus. So please use soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitiser frequently.”