The coronavirus is no match for plain, old soap — here’s the science behind it

Plain old soap is one of the best ways to protect yourself from the coronavirus. This is because soap dissolves the fat membrane which is what essentially kills the virus. The most ideal surface for a virus is the skin because the virus is able to for a hydrogen bond with the skin. It’s also organic and has dead cells and fatty acids which viruses are attracted to. Soap essentially destroys a virus by changing the structure of the virus. Alcohol can help with the coronavirus as well, but plain old hand soap is the best way to combat it.

Key Takeaways:

  • Soap is showing to be more effective than disinfectants for protecting against the Covid virus.
  • Because the virus is held together by hydrogen bonds, skin is the most ideal surface for a virus to live on.
  • Soap dissolves the virus structure so getting the virus off the skin is the most effective defense against Covid.

“Disinfectants, or liquids, wipes, gels and creams containing alcohol (and soap) have a similar effect but are not as good as regular soap. Apart from alcohol and soap, antibacterial agents in those products don’t affect the virus structure much.”

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