Can Soap REALLY Kill the Coronavirus?

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Reactions Science Videos | March 19, 2020

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.

Sources:
The handiwork of good health

Persistence of coronaviruses on inanimate surfaces and their inactivation with biocidal agents

Efficacy of various disinfectants against SARS coronavirus

How coronavirus hijacks your cells

CDC report on coronavirus research

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary

WHO general coronavirus info

The science of soap – here’s how it kills the coronavirus

Suspension vs carrier tests (for bacteria)

Cryo-EM structure of the 2019-nCoV spike in the prefusion

Mechanisms of Virus Assembly

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