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Why soap, sanitizer and warm water work against Covid-19 and other viruses

Tired of washing your hands for 20 seconds each time? Fingers starting to prune or feel like sandpaper?
Please don't stop.
The world is counting on you to help stop the spread of Covid-19, the deadly new disease caused by se…





Tired of washing your hands for 20 seconds each time? Fingers starting to prune or feel like sandpaper?
Please don't stop.
The world is counting on you to help stop the spread of Covid-19, the deadly new disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus.


 Take heart that while you're scrubbing, you're also killing off a host of other nasty bacteria and potentially lethal viruses that have plagued humans for centuries -- including influenza and a number of different coronaviruses.
"There are four coronaviruses that circulate in humans regularly, almost every year," said virologist Dr. John Williams, chief of the division of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
"And they mainly cause colds; in fact, they cause about a third of common colds. They don't kill people," he added.
Coronaviruses aren't the only nasty parasites that succumb to a vigorous application of soap and water. Influenza -- which kills millions around the world each year -- and the human metapneumovirus, which causes a respiratory infection that can lead to pneumonia, also break down and die.

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