TEXAS – Studies have shown that COVID-19 can live on surfaces like plastic and stainless steel longer than surfaces like cardboard and copper, but what about the clothes you’re wearing on your back?
What You Need To Know
- Research has been conducted on how long COVID-19 lives on hard surfaces
- More research is needed for length of life on fabrics
- Fabric surfaces may even help stop the spread of the disease
Not a lot of research has been done into how long the novel coronavirus can live in fabrics but health officials say if you’re taking precautions like washing your hands and practicing social distancing, you shouldn’t worry too much.
COVID-19 is mostly spread by person-to-person contact through respiratory droplets, according to the CDC. If an infected person coughs or sneezes and those droplets enter another person’s respiratory system, that’s when the coronavirus is spread.
We know that coronavirus can live for hours or even days on some hard surfaces, but that cleaning and disinfecting a surface where COVID-19 might be can kill the virus in a matter of minutes.
According to Houston Methodist Hospital, the soft, porous surfaces found in clothing may actually help prevent the spread. In a blog post, health professionals explain the virus is likely to get caught in the fibers of the fabric, preventing it from spreading.
The post also explains viruses are less likely to infect people as they dry out and fabrics tend to absorb moisture, killing the virus as they go.
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