As the worrisome of the coronavirus or COVID-19, people are wondering what soap is the best to use? However, when it comes down to it soaps and body washes, they are not on the top of the list of what to buy to beat this coronavirus. The real question is what is the best soap to stop coronavirus. The truth might surprise you.
According to FDA, there is not enough science to show that over the counter antibacterial soaps are better at preventing illness than plain soap or water.
But if you are like me, where you have to work, because you are essential, you do wonder if soap and water does work.
To date, simply put, the benefits of using antibacterial soaps has not been proven and using your regular soap and water will be just as good. Any virus needs friction with the help of soap and water to kill it. Simply put, when you wash your hands or body with soap and water, the friction you use to lather up, kills the virus. Anti-bacterial with the right amount of percentage of alcohol kills the virus, but you can not constantly use it all the time and work best if handwashing is not available.
“Following simple handwashing practices is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness at home, at school, and elsewhere,” Says Theresa M. Michele, MD of the FDA’s Division of Nonprescription Drug Products. “We can’t advise this enough, its simple, and it works.”
To fight coronavirus on your hands, wash frequently and use antibacterial hand sanitizers when you can’t.
One of the FDA’s big concerns with antibacterial soaps is they could be causing more long-term harm than immediate good. You can read the concerns in the FDA’s article.
For now, in the coronavirus fight down worry about what soap you are using, and practice good technique. Wash your hands frequently to try and minimize virus contact from surfaces.
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