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Fighting the SARS CoV-2 (COVID-19) Pandemic with Soap

Version 1 : Received: 3 May 2020 / Approved: 5 May 2020 / Online: 5 May 2020 (04:09:48 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 7 May 2020 / Approved: 7 May 2020 / Online: 7 May 2020 (13:48:05 CEST)
Version 3 : Received: 6 July 2021 / Approved: 6 July 2021 / Online: 6 July 2021 (11:30:53 CEST)

How to cite: Chaudhary, N.K.; Chaudhary, N.; Dahal, M.; Guragain, B.; Rai, S.; Chaudhary, R.; Sachin, K.; Lamichhane-Khadka, R.; Bhattarai, A. Fighting the SARS CoV-2 (COVID-19) Pandemic with Soap. Preprints 2020, 2020050060 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202005.0060.v3). Chaudhary, N.K.; Chaudhary, N.; Dahal, M.; Guragain, B.; Rai, S.; Chaudhary, R.; Sachin, K.; Lamichhane-Khadka, R.; Bhattarai, A. Fighting the SARS CoV-2 (COVID-19) Pandemic with Soap. Preprints 2020, 2020050060 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202005.0060.v3).

Abstract

The greatest pandemic of the century, COVID-19, is an ongoing global public health problem. With a clinically approved treatment available only for those who are acutely ill and are hospitalized, the control of this disease in the general population is still largely dependent on the preventive measures issued by the World Health Organization. Among the general control measures other than immunization with the COVID-19 vaccines, handwashing with soap and water has been emphasized the most because it is cost-effective and easily accessible to the general public. Studies have reported that soaps offer unique chemical properties that can completely destroy enveloped viruses. However, the general public seems to be still uncertain about whether soaps can shield us from a highly contagious disease such as COVID-19. In an attempt to help eliminate the uncertainty, we analyzed the mechanisms underlying the efficacy of soap and its prospect for preventing the spread of COVID-19. In this paper, we provide an overview of the history and characteristics of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the current global COVID-19 situation, the possible mechanisms of the deactivation of viruses by soaps, and the potential effectiveness of soap in eliminating coronaviruses including SARS-CoV-2.

Subject Areas

COVID-19; SARS-Cov-2; soap; hand washing; WHO

Comments (1)

Comment 1
Received: 6 July 2021
Commenter: Ajaya Bhattarai
Commenter's Conflict of Interests: Author
Comment: The greatest pandemic of the century, COVID-19, is an ongoing global public health problem. With a clinically approved treatment available only for those who are acutely ill and are hospitalized, the control of this disease in the general population is still largely dependent on the preventive measures issued by the World Health Organization. Among the general control measures other than immunization with the COVID-19 vaccines, handwashing with soap and water has been emphasized the most because it is cost-effective and easily accessible to the general public. Studies have reported that soaps offer unique chemical properties that can completely destroy enveloped viruses. However, the general public seems to be still uncertain about whether soaps can shield us from a highly contagious disease such as COVID-19. In an attempt to help eliminate the uncertainty, we analyzed the mechanisms underlying the efficacy of soap and its prospect for preventing the spread of COVID-19. In this paper, we provide an overview of the history and characteristics of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the current global COVID-19 situation, the possible mechanisms of the deactivation of viruses by soaps, and the potential effectiveness of soap in eliminating coronaviruses including SARS-CoV-2.
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