Soap kills the coronavirus because it destroys the fatty membrane that encases the virus, making it fall apart. That’s why health officials say that hand washing for 20 seconds is one of the best defenses against COVID-19. But is bar soap, which can be shared with a number of people in the household, as safe and effective as liquid soap?
According to HuffPost, viruses can’t live on any soap. Neither can bacteria, according to a study conducted in 1965, which concluded that these pathogens cannot be transmitted from person to person by handwashing. In fact, scientists warn that the plastic pump that dispenses liquid soap can increase risk of transmission.
Although tests have shown that bar soap is safe, Darien Sutton, an emergency physician in New York, told HuffPost that he recommends everyone in the household uses their own bar, especially if they’ve been infected or are symptomatic.
He added that bar soap should not be stored in a closed container that can breed bacteria, especially in the bathroom which is a hotbed for germs.
According to Insider, liquid and bar soaps are equally effective in killing pathogens, as long as you observe the 20 second rule, making sure you scrub finger tips and the backs of your hands. Liquid soap may be less harsh on the skin since it often has added moisturizers and is less messy to use. Bar soap can be more effective at removing dirt from your hands because of the friction generated, said Insider. It’s also generally more cost effective and is a more environmentally friendly option.
Don’t obsess about the kind of soap you use, noted Sutton, just keep washing your hands.
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