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Howard G. Smith, M.D. is a former radio medical editor and talk show host in the Boston Metro area. His "Medical Minute" of health and wellness news and commentary was a regular weekday feature on WBZ-AM, WRKO-AM, and WMRE-AM. His popular two-way talk show, Dr. Howard Smith OnCall, was regularly heard Sunday morning and middays on WBZ.

Dr. Smith has adopted audio and video podcasting as conduits for HEALTH NEWS YOU SHOULD USE. Based on the latest medical, health, and wellness literature these reports provide practical information you can use to keep yourself and your family healthy. Many reports have video versions, and Dr. Smith’s YouTube Channel may be found at:

Trained at Harvard Medical School and a long-time faculty member at Boston Children’s Hospital, he practiced Pediatric Otolaryngology for 40 years in Boston, Southern California, and in central Connecticut.  He is now based in New York City.

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Mar 24, 2020




Soap, any kind of soap, disintegrates coronavirus by pulverizing its outer lipid-protein envelope.  It’s fast, and 20-30 seconds in contact with soapy water should do it.


My routine: rubbing with bar or soft soap and water for 20 seconds (2 happy birthday songs) and then leave the soapy water for another 20 seconds.  Don't forget to use soapy water on your phone, your smartwatch or fitness wearable, and let it sit for 20-30 seconds.  Remember, virus lives on surfaces: cardboard 24 hrs, stainless steel 48 hrs, and plastic 72 hrs. so rewash hands if you touch them or coat them down with soapy water for 30 seconds.



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