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After washing your hands: does the bar Soap keep the germs?

After washing your hands: does the bar Soap keep the germs?

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After washing your hands: does the bar Soap keep the germs?

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After washing your hands: does the bar Soap keep the germs?

Everywhere we have been told that the only product that really washes the Covid-19 virus is soap. Given this, the following question arose: bacteria stay in the soap or do they go away when we rinse them with water?

bacteria stay in the soap

At the insistence of wash your hands properly More than ever in this situation, I found that my question had also occurred to a group of scientists and was published in 2018 in the Journal of Epidemiology and Infection.

This study indicates that soap does not kill bacteria, but only dirt and germs move from one place to another. But do not be alarmed, since these microorganisms cannot harm you.

bacteria stay in the soap

If you have an optimal state of health, you are not supposed to present any problem against the germs in the soap bars, in addition, they do not survive long because the top layer where they are installed usually dissolves in water.

But does the soap protect me from the coronavirus or not? Soaps, thanks to their chemical structure, are made to dissolve fat and what happens with this virus is that it has a lipid membrane, that is, it is wrapped in a layer of fat that protects it.

bacteria stay in the soap

So, when combined with water, the soap removes the layer of fat and leaves it exposed to the virus or what amounts to fighting it completely.

So as trite as it sounds, you should always wash your hands to reduce any risk of Covid-19 or Coronavirus infection.

bacteria stay in the soap

Photo: IStock / AlexRaths

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