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A 33-year-old male asked:

Will using water remove covid-19 if no soap is available?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
Probably, yes. Coronaviruses are very fragile, and vigorous washing or rinsing with water alone probably is very protective. Alternatively if no soap is available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
If that is all that is available - would use that with vigorous friction with both washing and drying. However, this is not optimum. The combination of soap plus water will actually remove the virus from skin.
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Last updated Mar 21, 2021

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