(By Rasheed Damilola)
The coronavirus already has people practicing social distancing, disinfecting their homes and making sure to clean all cell phone surfaces to prevent the spread of illness.
But what about cleaning clothes from coronavirus? Can germs live on them and, if so, for how long?
The World Health Organization says that it’s not certain yet how long the coronavirus lives on surfaces, but preliminary information indicates that it may “persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days.”
Harvard Health notes that the virus is more likely to survive on hard services than softer ones like clothing fabric. Still, doctors suggest removing shoes and changing into clean clothes to prevent outside germs from coming into your home.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests washing clothing items using the warmest appropriate water setting and making sure to dry them completely. Also, clean and disinfect hampers and use a disposable bag liner if possible.
Anyone handling dirty laundry from someone who is sick should wear disposable gloves and then throw them out after each use, the CDC says. Also, be sure to wash your hands afterward and avoid shaking dirty laundry to reduce the chances of dispersing the virus through the air.