Greetings sports fans and welcome back to another exciting addition of Vegas Valley Sports Beat. That crazy little column that is bound and determined to stick a knife in the heart of Coronavirus, and give it a good twist. Today was a beautiful day in the lovely Las Vegas Valley unfortunately not many people were out and about to see it. Such is life in the year 2020.
Let us turn our attention now to focus upon killing that virus putting that knife through its heart. Are you might have read in a recent column here at Vegas Valley Sports beat then you would know that detergents like Dawn and Lysol kill viruses 100% dead. And now you know how those mechanics operate. You now know how the detergent acts upon the virus-cell and tears it apart killing them all. It only takes one cell to contract the virus so why take chances with your life?
You also would have read those hand sanitizers are not 99.99% effective like they say they are on the label There is, however, a way to make your hand and all-purpose sanitizer at home that is not only 100% safe but is 99.99% effective at killing all germs. That solution is called hypochlorous acid.
This is a weak food grade acid that is quite similar to mild citric juice. Hypochlorous acid or HOCI is produced by the white blood cells of all mammals as a natural form of healing and protection against germs, bacteria, and viruses. HOCI is produced by passing electricity through a solution of saltwater. This substance was first discovered in the 1970s and just now used, among other things, in healthcare, water treatment, general sanitation, and food safety.
Whereas a hypochlorite ion has a negative electrical charge, the hypochlorous acid has no electrical charge whatsoever and so it moves quickly. This enables it to oxidize bacteria in only a few seconds. Meanwhile, the hypochlorite ion can take up to half an hour to accomplish the same thing. The surfaces of germs have a negative electrical charge that can result in the repulsion of a negatively charged hypochlorite ion to the area of the germ surfaces making those hypochlorite ions less effective for killing those germs. The proper ratio of both compounds is determined by the relative acidity or pH of the water the lack of electrical charge in hypochlorous acid lets it penetrate the protective shell surrounding the coronavirus cell. This makes it 70-80 times more efficient at killing viruses and bacteria than hydrochloric acid, or bleach solution can.
Several home electrolysis systems have been made available on the market that can generate a viable hypochlorous acid solution using only water and common table salt. Sometimes distilled vinegar can be added to the solution 2 lower the pH. This allows for a solution that is free of chlorine and made up predominantly of hypochlorous acid.
For anybody that might be looking to buy a home electrolysis system one thing to keep in mind is the quality of the electrolysis cell itself. The higher the quality of the system the longer it will last thanks to the durable alloys used in the construction of those cells.
The best part is that it is 100% completely safe to use all-around your home for sanitization. Including using it to wash your clothes with because hypochlorous acid will not discolor fabrics like bleach does. You can wash your hands with it, and you can even wash your food with it at the same time. You can even ingest it and it will not hurt you. Unless of course, you go completely overboard with drinking it, in which case you should probably not be surprised when you get salt sickness. A little common sense goes a long way.
The possibility even exists that ionized hypochlorous acid particles suspended in oxygen might also be effective as a form of oxygen therapy treatment for Coronavirus victims that are in the advanced stages of the disease. I would think it even more effective in the earlier stages it’s simply a matter of determining how to get a toxic level of hypochlorous acid through the body of the host 2 the body of the coronavirus cell and kill it in place. Where there is a will there is always a way.
Coronavirus or COVID-19 might be a unique superbug but even superbugs have enemies and this one seems like it might be allergic to salt and or saltwater. It certainly is worth a try in light of the circumstances.