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Soap Destroys COVID-19: Gummie Bear Edition


Wash your hands, but why? Soap destroys COVID-19 by interfering with the lipid bilayer of the virus and destroying it -- as illustrated with Gummie Bears in the drawing.


There are a few more drawings at the bottom of the post with intact structure of COVID-19 and also with labels of the different parts. There is also more about COVID-19 and coronavirus structure and science below.


At the bottom of these photos is also how I drew it. I used a can a smaller cookie cutter to trace circles. Then I just sketched out the other parts of the virus. If you try it, I think you'll have fun and even learn something. :) If you draw this and post it, it will reach different audiences and more people. Give it a try! We are good at this!


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FYI, there are RNA and DNA viruses. "Coronaviruses (CoVs), enveloped positive-sense RNA viruses, are characterized by club-like spikes that project from their surface, an unusually large RNA genome, and a unique replication strategy."

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4369385/


I thought of this drawing because I saw the Gummie Bears as the spike glycoprotein (see below) on the coronavirus structure. It is actually a misrepresentation to use cute Gummie Bears as the spike glycoprotein because that is the part of the virus which attacks & infects your cells making people sick.


Then I thought what could that would also be helpful to people. I decided to show how soap destroys COVID-19 and viruses.


This tweet from Dr. Harsh Vardhan was very helpful and gives a good schematic of how soap helps to destroy COVID-19.

https://twitter.com/drharshvardhan/status/1238889183453646849?s=12


In my research, I used the image of coronaviridae from this article from the American Society of Microbiology as the basic structure.


https://asm.org/Articles/2020/January/2019-Novel-Coronavirus-2019-nCoV-Update-Uncoating


To go deep into the science of coronaviridae, you can check out this paper:

Coronaviruses: An Overview of Their Replication and Pathogenesis

Anthony R. Fehr and Stanley Perlman

Methods Mol Biol. 2015; 1282: 1–23.

PMID:25720466

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4369385/





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First sketch with Gummie Bears




Some of the sketches of the final ones in pencil. I did a pretty good job of replicating the drawings on the different pages. :)



The final ones without Gummie Bears. I could have just taken a photo of the intact one with Gummie Bears without labels and then written them in and taken another photo, but I wanted to be able to take photos in the future of a clean one without labels, so I drew it both ways. :)



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