Journal article

Liquid Chalk Is an Antiseptic against SARS-CoV-2 and Influenza A Respiratory Viruses

Julie L McAuley, Joshua M Deerain, William Hammersla, Turgut E Aktepe, Damian FJ Purcell, Jason M Mackenzie, Matthew B Frieman

MSPHERE | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 2021

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted and enforced significant restrictions within our societies, including the attendance of public and professional athletes in gyms. Liquid chalk is a commonly used accessory in gyms and is comprised of magnesium carbonate and alcohol that quickly evaporates on the hands to leave a layer of dry chalk. We investigated whether liquid chalk is an antiseptic against highly pathogenic human viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, influenza virus, and noroviruses. Chalk was applied before or after virus, inoculum and recovery of infectious virus was determined to mimic the use in the gym. We observed that addition of chalk before or after virus contact led to a significant r..

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