Matt Langford

🔗 The Science of Soap – Here’s How It Kills the Coronavirus

So why does soap work so well on the Sars-CoV-2, the coronavirus and indeed most viruses? The short story: because the virus is a self-assembled nanoparticle in which the weakest link is the lipid (fatty) bilayer. Soap dissolves the fat membrane and the virus falls apart like a house of cards and dies – or rather, we should say it becomes inactive as viruses aren’t really alive.

I saw this via Daring Fireball and thought it worthy of sharing. Amazing how great regular ole soap is.

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