While there haven’t been any known cases of the novel Coronavirus being transmitted through clothing yet, doing your laundry is a key part of taking preventative measures.
This is especially true if one works with patients or is in close proximity to someone who has contracted the virus. Here’s how getting your clothes laundered could reduce the likelihood of virus transmission.
Why do clothes pose a risk of transmission?
Clothes are low risk with respect to COVID-19 transmission. The virus does survive on surfaces outside of the human body, however. If you touch clothes that have novel Coronavirus pathogents on them, you could transmit the virus. Depending on the kind of surface, the virus could survive for up to three days outside of the human body.
When should you wash your clothes?
Social distancing and washing your hands with soap and water are the best preventative measures against the COVID-19 virus. Additional measures, such as getting your clothes laundered regularly, should also be adopted.
High risk workers such as doctors, nurses, or any healthcare professional working in close proximity to COVID-19 patients, should get their clothes laundered often, preferably on the day they’re worn.
It’s not likely that you would transmit the virus through your clothes if you’re just on a grocery trip. However, if someone coughs or sneezes in your general direction, or if you haven’t been able to ensure adequate social distancing, it’s best to get your clothes laundered.
Do shoes pose the risk of transmission?
In general, shoes are much dirtier than clothes, and therefore provide a thriving environment for bacteria and other contaminants. If these shoes are then worn inside the house, these contaminants can pose a threat to the house’s inhabitants.
A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studied samples taken from medical professionals’ shoes in the ICU of a hospital in Wuhan, China. The researchers found that half of all the samples tested positive for the virus strain that is the cause of COVID-19—SARS-CoV-2.
Shoes can therefore act as carriers of the disease. However, the way in which shoes are used is already protective, since they’re worn outside of the house. To minimize the risk, make sure that you leave your shoes at the door when you enter the house. It’s also good practice to clean your shoes before entering the house.
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