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How long can COVID-19 survive on clothes?

May 19, 2020

Adapting to the new norm. This is what we hear in this day and age. Probably the one thing we should keep in mind until there is a vaccine for Covid-19. No one wants to live in fear and yet the pandemic is definitely far from over. Having to constantly think about an invisible enemy is enough to drive anyone stark raving mad. Since we don’t have the cure yet, the next best thing is to arm ourselves with knowledge. It is important to be aware of the safety precautions to help stop the spread of the dreaded virus.

We are aware of the basic precautions such as frequently washing our hands, wearing masks, social distancing and disinfecting high-touch surfaces in our home and the like. But what about our clothing? No one has advised to wash clothes as soon as we get home, right? Not unless you are a health care professional who constantly come in contact with people who are diagnosed with Covid-19. We know that the virus thrives in moisture to survive. Without it, the virus can quickly dry up and no longer be viable. Nevertheless, should you suspect contamination, what are the key things to remember? Here are some precautions we have gathered:

  • Carefully take of your clothing where they cannot potentially contaminate other items.
  • Do not shake dirty laundry. This will minimize dispersing the virus through the air.
  • Launder items in accordance to the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, use the warmest water setting and ensure the items are completely dried. (If you don’t have these settings at home, it’s okay to go to a laundromat as long as you are cautious enough to keep the abovementioned basic safety precautions in mind).
  • Use the appropriate amount of laundry detergent. If you skimp, you are just taking your clothes up for a spin and not cleaning them.
  •  Avoid touching the face when handling potentially contaminated clothing.
  • Clean and disinfect clothes hampers. If possible, consider placing a liner that can be disposed or laundered.

There are so much more tips out there but how much of these precautions are considered overkill? Frankly, it’s hard to say. It’s not very easy to discount any of the precautions we have read here or anywhere else. But we do have an old adage: “better to be safe than sorry.

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