The R value so often discussed with Covid-19 coronavirus relates to virus outside people. It ignores what happens inside people. To cover both I suggest the titles outer R and inner R: oR and iR.
The oR value relates to people becoming infected. The aim is to reduce oR with hand sanitisers, social distancing and face coverings.
Becoming infected is relevant. Of far greater relevance is what happens inside the lungs as that determines the death rate.
What are the factors contributing to death? Things that increase iR like advanced age, obesity and anything that helps the virus within the lungs.
To provide perspective, consider how important alcohol hand sanitisers are in reducing the oR.
Then consider the alcohol vapour which rises from hands covered in alcohol. The alcohol vapour is breathed deep into lungs and reduces the effectiveness of the natural mucous which should be protecting the target receptor from the virus. It’s easier for the virus to infect lung cells when the mucous effectiveness is reduced.
That means alcohol hand sanitisers both decrease oR and increase iR.
Is it that coronavirus is killed by alcohol sanitiser on hands and helped by alcohol vapour in lungs?
That questions proves why both outer and inner R values need to be considered together.
To reduce both oR and iR simply use hands sanitisers which do not liberate solvent vapours. NewGenne Foam Hand Rub is ideal. It passes EN14476 and therefore reduces the oR value by killing virus on hands. Critically only water rises from treated hands making it irrelevant to the iR. That hand sanitiser is already used in hospitals around the world protecting against other viruses. Now it’s ideal against coronavirus.
Utilising oR ended the first Covid-19 peak. Ignoring iR will ensure the next peak.
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