Myth: antibacterial soap is better than usual.

We wrote about it a million times (and we will write exactly the same amount): good hand hygiene is an excellent daily infection prevention, including SARS. Nevertheless, the usual soap for this prevention is quite enough. Here is what the infectious disease specialist Dmitry Troshchansky says in the book “Killer Wallpaper, Poisonous Water and Seducing Chair” by medical editor Daria Sargsyan: “Hygienic hand washing is not a strict disinfection, but only mechanical and“ chemical ”(using soap fatty acids) removal dirt and germs. This is quite enough from the point of view of hygiene. But for medical workers it is important to use antiseptics.


By the way, hands also need to be washed correctly. Recommendations of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention look like this:

Myth: antibacterial soap is better than usual.


  1. Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap and apply soap.

  2. Lather your hands, paying attention to the back of the brush, the space between the fingers and under the nails.
  3. The process should last at least 20 seconds. However, you can do without special ln timer: it’s enough to sing the Happy Birthday song twice from beginning to end (of course, you can create your own repertoire).
  4. Turn on the water and rinse the soap.
  5. Dry your hands with a clean towel.

In situations where soap and water unavailable, you can use sanitizers and napkins. This is better than nothing (but if the package says that they supposedly kill any specific bacteria and viruses, do not believe it).

As for the antibacterial soap , there is probably not much real benefit from it, but there is potential harm. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not advise them to use and even banned antibacterial soap soap with triclosan (and 18 other antibacterial substances).

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The fact is that in the first minutes and even hours the effectiveness of the antibacterial soap with triclosan, which is usually responsible for the destruction of bacteria, is not very different from action

of ordinary soap

. However, there is a suspicion that triclosan provokes antibiotic resistance - only antibiotic-resistant bacteria remain alive after it, and this is very dangerous. In January, WHO published an annual list of ten global threats to humanity, which, in addition to air pollution and deliberate abandonment of vaccination, included the emergence of new antibiotic-resistant infections.

In their report, WHO representatives emphasize: the resistance of bacteria, fungi, parasites to antimicrobials threatens to push humanity far back - at a time when we could not save people with infections such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhea and salmonellosis.



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