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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazilian scientist Fernanda Checchinato has developed a bactericide soap that also protects against the novel coronavirus and remains active on the skin for hours. The startup founded by the chemical engineer, who completed part of her PhD in France, also produces and markets a spray to sanitize cloth masks.

The difference between the "super soap" and other antiseptic soaps on the market is the active ingredient chlorhexidine, explains Fernanda. The substance, widely known and used in hospitals, provides a residual action that enables antiviral and bactericide protection to last longer.

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