There’s no Covid-19 vaccine but there is a cure - we’ve done ...

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There’s no Covid-19 vaccine but there is a cure - we’ve done this before

Forget global immunisation programmes. We’ve beaten the deadly cousins of today’s virus. This is how

Harry de Quetteville

How do you kill a virus? How do you eliminate a minuscule genetic strip of instructions whose purpose is to replicate itself?

On our skin, of course, soap is highly effective. It works by washing its way through the layer of fat that encases coronaviruses so that, as Cambridge University’s Dr Charlotte Houldcroft vividly puts it, “the genetic guts of the virus spill out”. Inside of us, the task is harder, so we wait for drugs and vaccines.

But there is another way – an endgame for coronaviruses, even without treatments and vaccines...

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