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!
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."
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.
In my research, I used the image of coronaviridae from this article from the American Society of Microbiology as the basic structure.
To go deep into the science of coronaviridae, you can check out this paper:
Coronaviruses: An Overview of Their Replication and Pathogenesis
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. :)