Can you guess which question about PPE decontamination that gets asked the most?

By Robert Avsec | FireRescue 1

“Chemistry for the win here. Typically, water and fats/oils don’t like to mix. But when you add soap, they suddenly do,” said Dr. Daniel Pastula, a neuro-infectious disease expert at UCHealth at the University of Colorado Hospital.

In an article posted on the UCHealth website, Dr. Pastula explained the positive implications of soap combining fats and oils. “Soap can bridge the chemical differences between water and fat. That’s why you need soap to clean a greasy frying pan,” said Dr. Pastula. And that’s what makes soap and water so effective at destroying the coronavirus—and any other types of viruses, like those that cause the common cold or seasonal influenza.

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