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Can CORONAVIRUS / COVID19 live on clothes? And more...

Updated: Mar 23, 2020

Can coronavirus live on clothes? If so, for how long?

Information on whether coronavirus can live on surfaces and which is still rather unclear, but there are some experts sharing their guidance. A Harvard Health official explained the CoronaVirus disease is more likely to survive on a hard surface than a soft surface like fabric. Smoother surfaces, like leather, may be safer to wear but with all steps taken to be extra safe (disinfect it). The amount of time that coronavirus can live on different surfaces is also still being assessed and under speculation. The WHO (World Health Organization) has estimated so far that the lifetime of the disease is between a few hours and a few days- up to 9 days again depending on what type of surface it landed on.

When entering your home make sure to remove your shoes at the front door and disinfect them immediately with spray and wipes to limit the germs from entering your house and better yet you could leave them out your front door if possible to limit exposure to germs that may be at the bottom of your feet. Saralyn Mark, Senior Medical Advisor to HHS, explained that it’s best to practice smart and extra precautious clothing hygiene. “If someone is staying with or living with a person who is susceptible and vulnerable (this would mean someone elderly, with possible pre-existing conditions) it may be best to change your clothing once inside your home and wash items worn outside.” She recommends washing clothing in detergent in HOT water, and washing surfaces with alcohol-based products and disinfectants to be doubly certain you have done all you could.

How can I protect myself and others from the coronavirus / covid19 when shopping?

Since many people are staying home there are many deals online and in person with many stores like Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Costco and others still open for in person shopping to ensure customers can get whatever they may need during this stressful time.

According to Brian Labus, who is the assistant professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Public Health “The biggest risk from shopping is interaction with people, not the product. If you minimize direct contact, you will reduce your risk of exchanging germs and the disease". Take extra time to make sure to uses both wet and dry cleaning for all garments (Lysol and disinfectant sprays, disinfectant wipes) shoes and bags that have gone outside with you to help eliminate dirt and germs from entering your home.

Can you get coronavirus / covid-19 from your delivery packages?

All official government sources estimate the rick of infection from Corona Virus / Covid-19 via a package is low, even if an infected person has handled it. "By the time the products reach your shelves, it has usually been a few weeks since they were manufactured, and it will be long dead by the time you purchase that product” Brian Labus explains. "Even if you order something online and it is shipped to you the next day, it has most likely been sitting in a warehouse long enough for the virus to die." The same is true for the items inside. Mark explained “It is not clear whether the virus can remain viable on clothing. If one is living with a person who is vulnerable (due to age or previous conditions), it may be best to change clothing once inside your home so you can wash your garments and items.”

A general rule of thumb is to always wash new clothes you have purchased online or in person to help cut the exposure to any germs. Currently, there is conflicting information about whether the coronavirus can be destroyed when washing at high temperatures or if it can survive through a laundry wash. When in doubt, your best bet is to always wash everything thoroughly and in hot water, if possible and disinfect to item and the washer after each wash with spraying and wiping down the surfaces with lysol or a disinfectant with at least 60% alcohol.

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