It’s hard to imagine, but something we’ve been told to do all our life is actually one of the most effective ways to protect yourself against COVID-19. Handwashing—with just soap and water—protects against COVID-19. Soap destroys the outer coating of the coronavirus, so it no longer can infect you. What you use to wash is up to you. Bar or liquid, it’s your choice. And it doesn’t need to be antibacterial. Just make sure you keep the bar in a dry dish. If you live with others, liquid soap is better for sharing. Do your best to pump with your wrist instead of your hand to dispense. If you run out, experts say body wash is an OK substitute.