Can Soap REALLY “Kill” the Coronavirus?

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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Executive Producers:
George Zaidan
Hilary Hudson

Andrew Sobey

Samantha Jones, PhD

Scientific consultants:
Pall Thordarson, PhD
Michelle Boucher, PhD
Leila Duman, PhD

Special Thanks:
Ruben Rodriguez

Inactivation of human and avian influenza viruses by potassium oleate of natural soap component through exothermic interaction

Effect of Surfactants on the Survival and Sorption of Viruses

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 conformation

Mechanisms of Virus Assembly

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