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A 55-year-old male asked:

Is dipping fruits and vegetables in soapy water after bringing from super market an effective way of removing any potential covid-19 contamination? i hear that soap is better than vinegar in this case.

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
It can't hurt...: There is so much that is unknown about this virus, and the information that comes out changes on a daily basis. Best prevention is to wash your hands well with soap and water and do not rub your face, eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. Wear a mask in public. Maintain social distancing. And by all means if you exhibit symptoms get yourself tested and stay away from others.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
COVID 19: Vinegar does not kill SARS-CoV-2. Using a vegetable cleansing agent (which is essentially like a soap) can help to remove dirt, sprays and germs. It doesn't kill it, it removes it through hydrophobic/ hydrophilic effects of soap plus water.
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Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Soap and water: Soap and water are fine as long as rinsed well. Also, if you are cooking them, this is unnecessary. Most importantly, wash your hands after handling them. Thank
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Last updated Jun 19, 2020

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