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An Australian professor has explained why soap and water really do work in the battle against spreading coronavirus . 

Professor Palli Thordarson an expert on supermolecular chemistry at the University of New South Wales said disinfectants , wipes, gels and cream containing alcohol (not soap) have a similar effect as soap but not as good.

“Apart from the alcohol the ‘antibacterial agents’ in these products do not affect the virus structure much at all” he said “ Consequently many antibacterial products are basically just a not as good version of soap”. 

“At it’s most basic soap works so well on coronavirus and on other viruses because it dissolves  the lipid (fatty) protective coat around the virus. Another thing soap molecules do is to compete with other bonds that help the virus stick together.. Soap is effectively ‘dissolving the glue that holds the virus together”. 

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