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The CoronaVirus can live on practically any everyday surface, after learning this we cannot forget to wash our sneakers amongst other things.
Although there is a current crisis there is no need to become a full-fledged germophobe. Being concerned about the cleanliness of your surroundings should be an everyday habit. Especially with our personal items such as clothing and shoes. While it’s common sense to wash apparel and soft goods by machine washing them, sneakers and shoes can be tricky.
The infectious disease specialist Mary E. Schmidt interview with HuffPost on Thursday said that coronavirus may be able to live on footwear for five days. Based on studies by Schmidt there is no evidence that anyone has been infected by sneaker carries, explained Schmidt. For many of us who want to take the extra precautionary steps amidst the current pandemic here are a few simple things you can do to ensure you’re not tracking the virus throughout your home.
- Shoes made of fabric like mesh or canvas can be cleaned in the washing machine. Vinegar can be also be added to your rinse cycle as a gentler alternative to bleach. or use bleach.
- Leather products like shoes can be cleaned with anti-bacterial soap, water & rubbing alcohol. It is extremely important to use a leather conditioner to ensure the leather does not dry and crack due to the rubbing alcohol.
A simplistic approach like this can ensure you are not tracking the virus in or out of the home. Removing your sneakers before or at the door of your home is the best prevention of flattening the curve.
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