Ask Dr. Nandi: Coronavirus Q & A – WXYZ

(WXYZ) — Misinformation and false claims concerning the coronavirus continues to spread. And that’s why our Chief Health Editor Dr. Partha Nandi joins now to help clear up some of the confusion.

We have a question from Shannon Quay. She asks, “I heard another doctor state that detergent is not soap. Will laundry detergent kill the virus?”

Unfortunately, there are some shady people out there making bogus claims and at times, even posing as medical officials. So you really need to be careful.

Now, as for laundry detergents, yes most will take care of the virus. What the CDC’s guidelines recommend is that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to washing your clothes. And to use the warmest water setting that you possibly can.

Once the clothes are clean, make sure they get completely dried.

Now, if someone is sick in your household, you can still wash their clothes with yours. They don’t have to be separate. The main thing is not to shake the clothes and to wear gloves.

If you don’t have gloves, just wash your hands thoroughly right after. And lastly, it’s also a good idea to disinfect your laundry hampers or use a bag that you can wash once it’s been emptied.