Getting our hands on COVID-19-related research has been a challenge throughout the pandemic’s entirety. Now that vaccine levels are up and cases have dropped, it seems the U.S. is—finally—successfully navigating the pandemic. With that being said, there’s now more attention available to give to research and perform studies. We’re focusing on four studies that focus on health and fitness or the industry in this week’s roundup, so let’s get right to it.
Study Finds Liquid Chalk Functions as Antiseptic Against SARS-CoV-2 & Influenza A
New research from the University of Melbourne finds that liquid chalk completely kills the pathogenic influenza A viruses and the SARS-CoV-2 virus reports International Business Times. "There was an assumption that liquid chalk could act as an antiseptic as it has a really high alcohol content, but until now, there was no scientific evidence to support it," said Jason Mackenzie, Ph.D., lead author of the study. The researchers tested four liquid chalk products and found that when using three of the chalks—before and after viral contact—there was no detection of the viruses on the surface they were applied. The fourth chalk product also had a significant impact but recovered some virus residue.