If true - this has blown my mind !

(17 Posts)
RuthTopp Sun 15-Nov-20 10:12:11

World's Covid almost fits on a TEASPOON: Total volume of coronavirus infecting more than 53million people is just 0.2 fl oz
Total volume of the 53m cases of disease worldwide is 8ml, teaspoon holds 6ml
TV mathematician Matt Parker came up with figure, saying virus particle is small
He estimates there are 3.3 million billion Covid-19 cells in the human population.

Disclaimer was taken from the Daily Mail, but it's a mad , crazy thought that we are all going through this for such a tiny volume of virus.
If any experts on here , could this be a true statement ?

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JaJaDingDong Sun 15-Nov-20 10:27:34

Why does this surprise you?

WitchesSpelleas Sun 15-Nov-20 10:28:56

That is quite shocking!

tropicalwaterdiver Sun 15-Nov-20 10:30:12

It's math model based on some assumptions. It's difficult to judge if the total number of viruses assumption is realistic, but if yes, and the virus size/volume is more or less correct, then he just multiplied the numbers and got results.
However, its a still a math model as viruses don't exist like that in nature.

Sitt Sun 15-Nov-20 10:31:21

Well a lot of something very small is still very small

There are approximately 167,300,000,000,000,000,000,000 molecules of water in a teaspoon. I’m not sure what you expected really

RebeccaCloud9 Sun 15-Nov-20 10:33:17

It makes sense when you actually think about it, but my goodness, it is a massively surprising fact when it is explained like that!

FundamentallyFucked Sun 15-Nov-20 10:34:41

Total volume of the 53m cases of disease worldwide is 8ml, teaspoon holds 6ml

Doesn't that mean it does not fit 🤷🏻‍♀️

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FundamentallyFucked Sun 15-Nov-20 10:35:06

Ignore me I have just seen the word 'almost' in your post blush

AcornAutumn Sun 15-Nov-20 10:36:00

Not surprising

And hence the masks = chain link fence analogy

Toilenstripes Sun 15-Nov-20 10:39:22

I think it’s fascinating that a great many powerful things happen in a world so small that it can’t be seen with the human eye.

MostIneptThatEverStepped Sun 15-Nov-20 10:50:35

What would it look like though? 🧐

WiseUpJanetWeiss Sun 15-Nov-20 11:24:05

AcornAutumn

Not surprising

And hence the masks = chain link fence analogy

In the analogy, the virus needs to hitch a ride on something that’s around the size of a tennis ball, so most of them are stopped by the chain link fence.

Cornettoninja Sun 15-Nov-20 13:48:45

Disclaimer was taken from the Daily Mail, but it's a mad , crazy thought that we are all going through this for such a tiny volume of virus

It’ll blow your mind when you find out what happens when an atom gets split.

MostIneptThatEverStepped Sun 15-Nov-20 21:20:33

I need to know what a teaspoon full of virus would look like 😂

psychomath Mon 16-Nov-20 00:42:33

To actually put it all on a teaspoon you'd probably have to crystallise it first. Proteins (which a virus is made up of) are really hard to crystallise, so the individual crystals would be small and fragile - they would most likely be white, and look either like a powder or a shiny grainy substance like caster sugar.

The more you know, eh? smile

MostIneptThatEverStepped Mon 16-Nov-20 11:42:51

@psychomath

It is very satisfying to know that, thank you!

Now don't go stirring it into your tea anyone...

LeggyLinda Mon 16-Nov-20 12:59:26

Hope they disposed of the teaspoon responsibly afterwards 😜

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