According to the Centers for Disease Control, the coronavirus is usually transmitted through respiratory droplets (typically from an infected person sneezing or coughing) rather than through objects, and materials (such as clothes, utensils, and furniture). Hand sanitizers and disinfectants cannot penetrate dirt, so cleaning with soap and water is the most effective means of removing the virus.COVID-19 is detectable on copper for four hours, cardboard for 24 hours, stainless steel for two to three days, and plastic for up to three days, according to the National Institute of Health.Natural fiber clothing allows for quicker drying, meaning that respiratory droplets containing the virus will dry faster, reducing the viability of the virus on natural fiber cloth. Polyester and spandex-like material may retain germs for longer since they dry at a slower rate.There have been no studies to date regarding the viability of the virus on clothing, but the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease predicts that the virus may remain viable on clothing for up to 24 hours.
According to the National Institute of Health, most
secondary cases of virus transmission appear to be occurring in community
settings rather than healthcare settings.
If at all possible, limit potential exposure to virus by avoiding unnecessary interactions with others and high-traffic areas, such as stores, places of worship, offices, etc.If a trip to the grocery store, pharmacy, etc. is necessary, protect yourself by avoiding close contact with others (maintain 6ft. distance as much as possible), avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and bring disinfectant wipes to wipe down any surfaces you may need to touch.
Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wash your hands both before entering and after leaving the store.
Once you return home, immediately remove shoes, exterior clothing that may have come into contact with an infected person, wipe down items you have brought in with you with disinfectant wipes (such as keys, phone, etc.), and wash hands for at least 20 seconds with warm, soapy water.