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“Plain old soap and water absolutely annihilate coronavirus.” – Vox

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Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water. This is the very best way to kill viruses like coronavirus. But why? What’s happening on our hands when we use soap and water? And why do we have to wash with soap for 20 seconds? Why not ten?

This excellent, kid-friendly Vox video specifically explains how “plain old soap and water absolutely annihilate coronavirus” with clear animated explainer graphics, an oil, water, and soap experiment that you can try at home, and an impression-making glow-in-the-dark demonstration.

Additional info from The New York Times: Why Soap Works.

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The lotion Vox is using is likely from Glo Germ, which you can find on Amazon for science demonstrations for classes or at home.

Next, making washing your hands a LOT more fun with this DIY project from Maddie Moate: Hidden Surprise DIY soap + how to wash your hands.

Also, watch Coronavirus COVID-19: What is social distancing?

And finally: More about viruses and soap, including this fun soap-powered boats science experiment.

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