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Regular soaps and alcohol can kill viruses but hand sanitizers and other liquids cannot

Palli tried to explain it in basic language.

Washing your hands with soap is recommended by health experts especially at a time like this.

The majority of people believe that soap does kill germs, but the specifics are only known by true experts on the subject.

Palli Thordason, a chemistry professor from The University of New South Wales, went on Twitter to explain to everyone why soap provides great protection from various viruses, including the COVID-19.

Palli tried to explain it in basic language.

Soaps are designed to deactivate viruses, or in other words, kill them.

Disinfectants such as gels and other liquids are not really that effective in killing viruses, even if they have the component of alcohol.

Other products have the same effects as the regular soap, but they are just more expensive. Alcohol wipes are also okay to use when soap is not available.

Palli continued a long thread explaining the chemistry behind the effects of soap on bacteria.

People commended Palli for sharing this information.

Palli Thordarson has won many awards such as the New South Wales Young Tall Poppy Science Award in 2008, The International Society of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (SPP) / Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (JPP): SPP/JPP Young Investigator Award for 2010 and the Le Févre Memorial Prize from the Australian Academy of Science for 2012.

Dr. Lucy Rogers, a science author, inventor, and a judge on the BBC2 show Robot Wars also proved this claim. Rogers went on Tiktok to demonstrate how soap really does get the job done against viruses.

In a bowl, Rogers mixed water with oil and pepper. The pepper represented the virus while the oil was the fat that holds the virus together. She dipped her finger into the water and nothing happened. She then soaped up her finger and dipped it again, this time the pepper split away from her finger.



The video has nearly 30k likes on TikTok.

Written by Jo-Est Tan

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