Can Your Shoes and Clothes Track Corona virus into Your Home?
Lockdown is easing down slowly, and salons, retail outlets, and general stores are reopening this month in some countries and states. We need to take precaution measures to stop the virus spread like abiding by social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands frequently, disinfecting things. Did you know you need to sanitize your clothes and your shoes too?
Coronavirus spread through droplets, and these droplets get settled on the surface after some time. COVID-19 virus can survive on the surface for up to 9 days and even longer. If you come in contact with the infected surface, you will be at risk of getting infected.
Contracting the COVID-19 from clothes is rare but not impossible. If you are a healthcare provider, you should leave your shoes and work clothes outside until sanitized. If you think you have come in contact with the virus or just trying to be extra cautious, here is what you should know.
- Should you wash your clothes as soon as you get home?
If you have come home from the grocery store and you have maintained social distancing from everyone around you, then you don’t need to wash your clothes when you get home. However, wash your hand thoroughly. If you are a healthcare worker os, someone who works in close proximity to the infected zone, then you should wash your clothes as soon as you get home.
Use the warmest possible setting to wash your clothes, if the clothing label suggests otherwise. Coronavirus has a fatty membrane, and detergent will be able to kill the virus. If you are still worried, then keep your clothes in the bag untouched for several days after washing.
- Should you leave the shoes outside?
If you are wondering whether you can take your shoes after visiting the grocery store or any other public places, then No, you should not. Coronavirus can survive on the surface of the shoe soles for days, and when you walk into your home with the shoes on, you will end up infecting your house floor. Remove your shoes before walking into the house and immediately wash your hands, spray disinfectant on your shoes if you want to bring them inside.