Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2012;76(3):581-4.
Evaluation of the antiviral activity of a green tea solution as a hand-wash disinfectant.
Shin WJ, Kim YK, Lee KH, Seong BL.
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Department of Biotechnology, College of Life Science and Biotechnology, Yonsei University.
Abstract

Based on the broad-spectrum antiviral effect of green tea catechins, we established an experimental skin contact model for influenza virus transmission and evaluated the use of a green tea solution as a first-hand disinfectant. The infectivity of the virus on the skin cell layer became obsolete when washed with the green tea solution. The skin contact model could be applied to develop non-pharmaceutical intervention measures for reducing human transmission of the influenza virus.

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22451404
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