Soft matter science and the COVID-19 pandemic.

@article{Poon2020SoftMS,
  title={Soft matter science and the COVID-19 pandemic.},
  author={Wilson C K Poon and Aidan T. Brown and Susana O. L. Direito and Daniel J. M. Hodgson and Lucas Le Nagard and Alexander Lips and Cait E. MacPhee and Davide Marenduzzo and John R. Royer and Andreia F Silva and Job H. J. Thijssen and Simon Titmuss},
  journal={Soft matter},
  year={2020}
}
Much of the science underpinning the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic lies in the soft matter domain. Coronaviruses are composite particles with a core of nucleic acids complexed to proteins surrounded by a protein-studded lipid bilayer shell. A dominant route for transmission is via air-borne aerosols and droplets. Viral interaction with polymeric body fluids, particularly mucus, and cell membranes controls their infectivity, while their interaction with skin and artificial surfaces… 

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