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- 04/03/2020

Can soap really ‘kill’ the coronavirus?

H&PC Today

Constantly being told to wash your hands? Us too. So we’re diving into the chemistry behind why soap is so effective against viruses like the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

 

 

 

 

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Inactivation of human and avian influenza viruses by potassium oleate of natural soap component through exothermic interaction
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6160177/

Effect of Surfactants on the Survival and Sorption of Viruses
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The handiwork of good health
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Persistence of coronaviruses on inanimate surfaces and their inactivation with biocidal agents https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195670120300463

Efficacy of various disinfectants against SARS coronavirus
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How coronavirus hijacks your cells
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary
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WHO general coronavirus info
https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus#tab=tab_1

The science of soap – here’s how it kills the coronavirus
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/12/science-soap-kills-coronavirus-alcohol-based-disinfectants?CMP=share_btn_tw

Suspension vs carrier tests (for bacteria)
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https://science.sciencemag.org/content/367/6483/1260

Mechanisms of Virus Assembly
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4382372/

 

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