18 Mar Why Does Soap Work So Well On The SARS-CoV-2 and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Anti-bacterial hand wash/sanitiser and low alcohol content hand sanitiser is not effective!
It is possible to break up the virus particles with soap, soap is particularly good at dissolving the lipid layer that surrounds the virus.
It also undoes all the other weak ones within the virus. Once that happens, the virus effectively falls apart.
Soap contains fat-like compounds called amphiphiles, which are similar to the lipids found in the virus membrane. When soap comes into contact with these fatty layers, it binds with them and causes them to disconnect from the virus. It also forces the virus to disengage from the skin.
Viruses stick to the skin and get lodged in those minuscule crinkles, which is why shifting them required active handwashing.
How to wash your hands properly:
- Run the water and wet your hands then use the soap pump.
- Rub your hands twenty times to emulsify the soap into all wrinkles (the time it takes to sing ‘happy birthday’ to yourself). ‘
- Rinse and then dry thoroughly.