Do You Need Antibacterial Soap for Coronavirus?

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, there is no evidence that antibacterial soap is more effective at killing viruses than regular hand soap. In fact, antibacterial soap could actually cause harmful effects on the human body.

Most antibacterial hand soaps contain an ingredient known as triclosan which has been known to cause hormonal changes in animals. That said, there haven't been enough studies to show if it has a similar effect on humans.

Theresa M. Michele, MD, from the FDA’s Division of Nonprescription Drug Products, states:

“There’s no data demonstrating that these drugs provide additional protection from diseases and infections. Using these products might give people a false sense of security,” Michele says. “If you use these products because you think they protect you more than soap and water, that’s not correct. If you use them because of how they feel, there are many other products that have similar formulations but won’t expose your family to unnecessary chemicals. And some manufacturers have begun to revise these products to remove these ingredients.”

The best thing you can do is wash your hands with regular soap and water for 20 seconds or more.

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