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The Telegraph

Could coronavirus be killed off without a vaccine? History suggests there’s a chance

How do you kill a virus? How do you eliminate a miniscule 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 Dr Charlotte Houldcroft, of the University of Cambridge, vividly puts it: “The genetic guts of the virus spill out.” Inside our bodies, the task is much harder. So we wait for drugs to treat the worst effects of SARS-Cov-2, and vaccines to prevent it from getting a hold in the first place. But there is another way, an endgame for coronaviruses