How soap absolutely annihilates the coronavirus

  
Via:  dignitatem-societatis  •  6 days ago  •  72 comments

By:   Brian Resnick for VOX

How soap absolutely annihilates the coronavirus
You’re not just washing viruses down the drain. Soap destroys the coronavirus.


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... Sanitizer might  feel  like a modern-day, scientific, and more clinical upgrade to soap. But I’m here to tell you that soap — all sorts of it: liquid, solid, honeysuckle-scented, the versions inexplicably only marketed to men or women — is a badass, and even more routinely effective than hand sanitizer. We should be excited to use it, as much as possible.

That’s because when you wash your hands with soap and water, you’re not just wiping viruses off your hands and sending them down the drain. You’re actually annihilating the viruses, rendering them harmless. Soap “is almost like a demolition team breaking down a building and taking all the bricks away,” says  Palli Thordarson , a chemistry professor at the University of New South Wales

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... One side of the soap molecule (the one that’s attracted to fat and repelled by water) buries its way into the virus’s fat and protein shell. Fortunately, the chemical bonds holding the virus together aren’t very strong, so this intrusion is enough to break the virus’s coat. “You pull the virus apart, you make it soluble in water, and it disintegrates,” he says.

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... The trick is this all takes a little time to happen, and that’s why you need to take at least 20 seconds to wash your hands.

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Dignitatem Societatis
1  seeder  Dignitatem Societatis    6 days ago

Knowledge is power. You need to give the soap enough time to destroy the virus's protective outer coating of fat.

That video is a must watch (it's only a few minutes long).

A quick wash just won't cut the mustard, folks. Give it at least 20 seconds.

One Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi...

 
 
 
WallyW
1.1  WallyW  replied to  Dignitatem Societatis @1    6 days ago

I lather up for 20 seconds, then rinse for 20.  Being a somewhat of a germophobic, I wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly, and rinse the tops of canned goods.Ya never know where those bananas have been!

 
 
 
Split Personality
1.1.1  Split Personality  replied to  WallyW @1.1    6 days ago
 
 
 
Krishna
1.1.2  Krishna  replied to  WallyW @1.1    5 days ago
Being a somewhat of a germophobic, I wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly, and rinse the tops of canned goods.Ya never know where those bananas have been!

Do you eat organic?

Smart move re: washing the tops of cans before opening (very few people are aware of that).

And of course to take it to an even higher level (as far as health is concerned) it pays to only buy can that are BPA free.

 
 
 
Krishna
1.1.3  Krishna  replied to  Split Personality @1.1.1    5 days ago

Many years ago I worked in the Banana groves (or Banana "plantations" as they called them).. I really loved it--very quiet and peaceful. IIRC never saw one of those spiders...but did on rare occasion see a snake or two.

 
 
 
cjcold
1.1.4  cjcold  replied to  Krishna @1.1.2    5 days ago

The dirtiest part of your kitchen is your can opener. Replace it often. 

 
 
 
Dignitatem Societatis
1.1.5  seeder  Dignitatem Societatis  replied to  WallyW @1.1    5 days ago
and rinse the tops of canned goods

I do that too. Probably not well enough, though. 

I'm always imagining dozens and dozens of people walking by cans in the store. Coughing and sneezing near them. Picking them up to read the label and then putting them back.

I often go out of my way to avoid cans at the front of the shelf and try to grab the ones in the back.

Germs. Germs!

 
 
 
Dignitatem Societatis
1.1.6  seeder  Dignitatem Societatis  replied to  cjcold @1.1.4    5 days ago
The dirtiest part of your kitchen is your can opener. Replace it often.

That little cutting gear is pretty hard to clean. I usually just spray some cleaner with bleach on it and let it sit.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
1.1.7  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Krishna @1.1.2    5 days ago

I have wiped down my canned goods and condiment containers for years after coming home from the store.

 
 
 
CB
1.1.8  CB   replied to  Dignitatem Societatis @1.1.5    4 days ago

And then this happened. . . .  As the store shelves emptied for the first time in twenty years I began to see—scuzzy plywood planking, spots where mold, mildew had built up on the back walls, and one more thing an open glue board (for rodents) was laying exposed to the eyes of the public—and yours truly! Disturbing.

I did not "get down on it hard" this time. I will give them time to make 'repairs.' But let me see it on another pass: WHAMO!! I will ask for the General Manager.

Wash and clean everything people. Our fellow grocers and clerks can only do so much to provide services. This near catastrophic has exposed their weaknesses. There is simply not enough time for them to clean everything in a hard and fast business environment.

 
 
 
Dignitatem Societatis
1.1.9  seeder  Dignitatem Societatis  replied to  CB @1.1.8    4 days ago
As the store shelves emptied for the first time in twenty years I began to see—scuzzy plywood planking, spots where mold, mildew had built up on the back walls, and one more thing an open glue board (for rodents)

I think I'd be shopping somewhere else if that happened to me.

 
 
 
CB
1.1.10  CB   replied to  Dignitatem Societatis @1.1.9    4 days ago

Good point! How often do we get to come face to face with the back of grocery store shelves? This was an odd moment. Now I wonder about what I don't know about this business of maintaining produce and foodstuffs:

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Last week and March 22, 2020.

This store is fairly old and has a warehouse format. I think they should take this opportunity to change shelfings! To be clear, the bottom shelf is more stain than something else worse . But, you can get see my drift. it is a very busy store and the workers labor long and hard. We all have our favorite 'haunts' don't we?

You are correct this needs more attention and about the shelves, speaking up about. It seems it will fall to me as an 'elder' shopper!  What don't you (all) know about your community shopping center?

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
1.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  Dignitatem Societatis @1    6 days ago

I like the Alphabet Song myself.

It's also important to properly dry one's hands. The mechanical action from the friction of the towel also destroys viruses

 
 
 
cjcold
1.2.1  cjcold  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.2    5 days ago

The process of becoming a paramedic involved "scrubbing in" in surgical situations.

If your hands aren't red and a bit sore, you haven't scrubbed hard enough. 

God help the student who inadvertently touched his/her face after being "gloved".

Not scratching your nose is a lot harder to not do when you realize you can't.

Guess that's why surgeons make the big bucks.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
1.2.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  cjcold @1.2.1    5 days ago

I'm constantly scratching my nose. I have 2 cats and I always feel like I have fur up my nose.

 
 
 
Dignitatem Societatis
1.2.3  seeder  Dignitatem Societatis  replied to  cjcold @1.2.1    5 days ago
Not scratching your nose is a lot harder to not do when you realize you can't.

It sure is. I keep trying to not touch my face in any way at all when I go to the store. It's a lot harder than I thought it would be.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
1.2.4  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  cjcold @1.2.1    5 days ago

When I did my nursing rotation in surgery, there was always someone to scratch a surgeon's nose or wipe sweaty foreheads using a 10 inch hemostat holding a sterile 2x2.

 
 
 
Kavika
2  Kavika     6 days ago

Great article/link

 
 
 
Sparty On
3  Sparty On    6 days ago

Good reminder!

Standard practice for those of us who have worked in the healthcare field working around lots of sick people.

Soap .... the original hand sanitizer.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
3.1  1stwarrior  replied to  Sparty On @3    6 days ago

Hmmmmm - wonder if the folks in the medical field are looking at the ingredients of soap which can be applied to a vaccine . . . . . . .????

Yeah - I'm sure they are, right?  I mean you could get a two for one.

One side of the soap molecule (the one that’s attracted to fat and repelled by water) buries its way into the virus’s fat and protein shell.

Folks who are overweight???  "attracted to fat and repelled by water"????  Maybe some/one of the ingredients from the soap could be also used as a weight reduction assist???

Nahhh - too friggin' easy.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  1stwarrior @3.1    6 days ago

Probably because the ingredients in soap are for topical use only

 
 
 
1stwarrior
3.1.2  1stwarrior  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.1.1    6 days ago

But, with the right chemical enhancements, that particular ingredient could be "modified", allowing it to be used within the body - maybe??

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3.1.3  Trout Giggles  replied to  1stwarrior @3.1.2    6 days ago

Ehhh....I doubt it but I'm not a chemist

 
 
 
Sparty On
3.1.4  Sparty On  replied to  1stwarrior @3.1    6 days ago

Lol .... yeah i doubt it would work very well at the cellular level inside the body.   The empirical evidence i have for that is when i got my mouth washed out with it, it didn't appear to stop any colds or anything ..... jrSmiley_9_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
bccrane
3.1.5  bccrane  replied to  1stwarrior @3.1.2    6 days ago

Breaking down the fat layer of the virus is great, but breaking down the fat layer of your cells might not be so great.

 
 
 
Krishna
3.1.6  Krishna  replied to  1stwarrior @3.1    5 days ago
Nahhh - too friggin' easy.

Yes-- that's one problem with that approach!

(Another, perhaps less important problem is....that it wouldn't work).

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
3.1.7  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  1stwarrior @3.1.2    5 days ago
But, with the right chemical enhancements, that particular ingredient could be "modified", allowing it to be used within the body - maybe??

Nope. Soap would have a similar reaction on human cells. 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3.1.8  Trout Giggles  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3.1.7    5 days ago

Isn't that why you get the runs when you eat soap?

 
 
 
1stwarrior
3.2  1stwarrior  replied to  Sparty On @3    6 days ago

LAVA Soap - kills EVERY THING.

 
 
 
Sparty On
3.2.1  Sparty On  replied to  1stwarrior @3.2    6 days ago

Yep, love that stuff .... except not in the mouth washing arena .....

 
 
 
Split Personality
3.2.2  Split Personality  replied to  1stwarrior @3.2    6 days ago

including the epidermis, lol

that pumice  is good after working on the car but I find it too much for everyday use.

 
 
 
MUVA
3.2.3  MUVA  replied to  Split Personality @3.2.2    6 days ago

You don’t work with your hands I use it 10 times a day I can sand with no sand paper my hands are so rough.

 
 
 
Split Personality
3.2.4  Split Personality  replied to  MUVA @3.2.3    6 days ago

We used to have it in the gallon pumpers at the dealership.

I know exactly what you mean.

 
 
 
MUVA
3.2.5  MUVA  replied to  Split Personality @3.2.4    5 days ago

I have no choice but I wouldn’t use if I didn’t have to.

 
 
 
Krishna
3.2.6  Krishna  replied to  MUVA @3.2.3    5 days ago
You don’t work with your hands I use it 10 times a day I can sand with no sand paper my hands are so rough.

What moisturing lotion would you recommend as the best ones for rough hands?

 
 
 
MUVA
3.2.7  MUVA  replied to  Krishna @3.2.6    5 days ago

Corn Huskers lotion but my hands are past help. I washed them with acetone , lacquer thinner  and varsol before the put labels on things.

 
 
 
Split Personality
3.2.8  Split Personality  replied to  Krishna @3.2.6    5 days ago

O'Keeke's Working Hands.

When I used to do brakes, I got into the habit of using latex gloves.

When overhauling automatic transmissions I used nitrile gloves

because of the sharp edges and the caustic fluids used to clean the aluminum parts.

 
 
 
MUVA
3.2.9  MUVA  replied to  Split Personality @3.2.8    5 days ago

That is good stuff too Zim's crack creme isn't bad also.I have callus hands rougher than a cactus.  

 
 
 
Krishna
3.2.10  Krishna  replied to  MUVA @3.2.7    5 days ago
Corn Huskers lotion but my hands are past help

Oh, I forgot about that one. IIRC it used to be the "go to" lotion for hands. I used it many years ago.

 
 
 
Krishna
3.2.11  Krishna  replied to  Split Personality @3.2.8    5 days ago

Thanks to all for the info. 

May come in handy, a;though for the last few years it rare that I do any of that sort of manual labour.

 
 
 
Sparty On
3.2.12  Sparty On  replied to  MUVA @3.2.7    5 days ago

Holy shiite .... nobody light a match!

 
 
 
Krishna
3.3  Krishna  replied to  Sparty On @3    5 days ago
Good reminder!

Standard practice for those of us who have worked in the healthcare field working around lots of sick people.

Soap .... the original hand sanitizer.

I have known about this and as a result haven't used anything but soap for years. However recently I was thinking of starting to use those anti-bacterial handwipes (But recently when I started looking for them... of course the stores were sold out).

 
 
 
Sparty On
3.3.1  Sparty On  replied to  Krishna @3.3    5 days ago

Lol .... check out one of your dimwitted neighbors (we all have one or two of those) and he's probably got a garage full of TP and hand sanitizer.   Maybe he'll let you use some.

 
 
 
cjcold
3.4  cjcold  replied to  Sparty On @3    5 days ago

I prefer the lilac scented savior of the universe.

 
 
 
TᵢG
4  TᵢG    6 days ago

Perfect seed for the times!

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
5  Jeremy Retired in NC    5 days ago

One thing I noticed is that everybody is hoarding TP but you walk down the soap aisle and it's almost fully stocked.  WTF are you people doing after you use the toilet?  WASH YOUR F%CKING HANDS PEOPLE!!!!!!

 
 
 
Krishna
5.1  Krishna  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @5    5 days ago

And passed on what I've seen in toilets in some stores-- some people also need a reminder to...FLUSH THE TOILET AFTER USING!

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
5.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @5    5 days ago

My hubby always took note of who washed their hands after going to the bathroom and if they didn't he never shook their hand again. 

Kind of gross. I wonder how often that happens at restaurants. 

 
 
 
TᵢG
5.2.1  TᵢG  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @5.2    5 days ago

Seinfeld, of course, covers all of life's situations:

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
5.2.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  TᵢG @5.2.1    5 days ago

Poppy was sloppy!

 
 
 
TᵢG
5.2.3  TᵢG  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @5.2.2    5 days ago

That is actually almost the title of another episode on Poppy.

 
 
 
cjcold
5.2.4  cjcold  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @5.2    5 days ago

Haven't shaken anybody's hand in years for a variety of reasons. These days folk don't mind and just chalk it up to caution. Haven't tried the elbow bump yet but then I haven't met anybody in awhile. Besides, my elbows are my most effective weapons. Hate to subvert all those years of training and make them friendly.

I expect a head nod or a bow to take the place of a touching type of greeting in the days, weeks, months and years to come. 

In my mid 60s, am a retired paramedic and have seen a virus or two come and go. This one seems different than any I've experienced. More "viral", fast spreading, pandemic.  

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
5.2.5  Trout Giggles  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @5.2    5 days ago

I worked with a woman who washed her hands before using the toilet and then didn't bother to wash them afterwards. I yelled at her one day for it and she came close to calling me a bitch. Too bad she didn't, I might have been able to see her retired earlier than what she did.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
5.2.6  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Trout Giggles @5.2.5    5 days ago

Just...just...just ewwwwww.  

 
 
 
Sparty On
5.2.7  Sparty On  replied to  cjcold @5.2.4    5 days ago
This one seems different than any I've experienced. More "viral", fast spreading, pandemic.  

I think that's because it isn't fast acting in the extreme sense like say an Ebola strain.   You catch that and you get really sick. really fast with a very high mortality rate.   Not as much of an opportunity to be walking around spreading it to everyone else.

People are walking around extensively with this virus without even knowing they have it.   Much tougher to contain something like that without the extreme distancing measures being implemented now.

 
 
 
Dignitatem Societatis
5.2.8  seeder  Dignitatem Societatis  replied to  TᵢG @5.2.1    5 days ago
Seinfeld, of course, covers all of life's situations

I love that one. They never explained why she wouldn't eat the first piece of apple pie in the beginning of the episode, though. What the heck was wrong with it? That's always bugged me.

 
 
 
TᵢG
5.2.9  TᵢG  replied to  Dignitatem Societatis @5.2.8    5 days ago

Even the greatest shows have their flaws due to writers being lazy about tying up loose ends.    I think of GoT season 8 as the grandest example of this.

 
 
 
Krishna
5.2.10  Krishna  replied to  cjcold @5.2.4    5 days ago
This one seems different than any I've experienced. More "viral", fast spreading, pandemic.

From everything I've seen, this is one of the fastest spreading viruses. (And initially they said it had one of the lower mortality rates. However it seems that we won't have a more accurate picture of the actual mortality rate 'tll we have more testing.

And until governments stop lying to us-- both China as well as our Dear Leader have both lied e, playing down the seriousness of the spread. 

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
5.2.11  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @5.2    5 days ago
My hubby always took note of who washed their hands after going to the bathroom and if they didn't he never shook their hand again.

I take note of people like that and call them out, loudly in public.  I never give it second thought that they might be embarrassed and don't really care.

Many of us perform "High"gene.  But there are also many that perform "No"gene.  

 I wonder how often that happens at restaurants.

I have 2 children that work in food service.  It's disgusting, some of the stories they come home with. 

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
5.2.12  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  TᵢG @5.2.3    5 days ago

Is it the one about the pee couch?

 
 
 
TᵢG
5.2.13  TᵢG  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @5.2.12    5 days ago

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CB
6  CB     5 days ago

Great gift offering. Thank you I learned from it! Moreover, it sits in a bevy of notable videos on Youtube! A real wealth of understanding there.

 
 
 
Veronica
7  Veronica    5 days ago

I have been saying that for weeks when people began panicking over the shortage of hand sanitizer.  I told them to use soap & wash their hands.  

 
 
 
Krishna
7.1  Krishna  replied to  Veronica @7    5 days ago

And there are other things we can do as well to greatly strenthen our Immune system...which would result in a much milder infection if you get it. Meaning less severe case as well as shorter duration of it.

But people aren't interested in that because the media they use doesn't tell them about it.

(I am convinced that in our modern society, even with compulsive hand-washing and social distancing, most everyone will be exposed to it-- but people don't realize that we have some control over how severe it is. Some folks won't even know they have it, will think they have a cold. A very few will die). But the media presents it as its a question of either you get it-- or you don't. No middle ground, no way you have any control over the severity.No way to strengthen your immune system.Which is false....

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
7.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Veronica @7    5 days ago

Add two jiggers of any alcohol to the bottle and you are good to go.

 
 
 
CB
7.2.1  CB   replied to  Paula Bartholomew @7.2    4 days ago

Highest alcohol by volume (you can get your hands on), please. And, go with that!

 
 
 
CB
8  CB     4 days ago
Soap destroys the coronavirus.

I did not mentally process this the first time around and it was an ongoing question for me. I have processed it properly now. Whoopee!

 
 
 
GregTx
9  GregTx    4 days ago

I was wondering if anybody else that resides in the Southern part of this great country has any concerns about mosquito seasons affect here in spring i.e. early summer.

 
 
 
Sparty On
9.1  Sparty On  replied to  GregTx @9    4 days ago

Hopefully someone is studying that right now

 
 
 
r.t..b...
9.1.1  r.t..b...  replied to  Sparty On @9.1    4 days ago
any concerns about mosquito season

...Debbie Downer. Geez...

Let's tackle this plague first. If past is prologue with this administration though, not even a hint of consideration.

 
 
 
Sparty On
9.1.2  Sparty On  replied to  r.t..b... @9.1.1    4 days ago

Nah more like Pauline proactive...... this reactive crap is nonsense.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
10  Buzz of the Orient    4 days ago

Marijuana is a much better idea than soap - neither one will cure the virus, but marijuana will at least make you feel better.

 
 
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