Coronavirus or COVID-19 has made people care about their cleanliness in order to protect themselves from getting infected. They are now washing hands every 10 minutes, practicing hand hygiene, wearing masks and looking out for all sorts of other ways to keep the virus away.
Many health experts have advised that one should be careful while touching things as the new virus could survive for days on different things. National Institutes of Health in USA published a brief study, describing the survival of COVID-19 on different things such as plastic, wood, leather, rubber and others.
The study reveals that the life of virus on cardboards is approximately 24 hours, while on steel and plastics it can survive for three days.
“Several studies claim that it can also live on your shoes for a maximum of five days. Since most shoes are made of leather, rubber and plastic, they can become another carrier of the virus,” said a health expert at NIH.
Now, going through the latest study, it could be known that the new coronavirus stays on your shoes, especially when you have visited supermarkets, hospitals or any other crowded places.
Most shoes are made of materials like leather, plastic, and rubber. Your shoes could be contaminated with this virus in case you have come in contact with a person who is infected. Study says that if that person sneezes or coughs near you, making the droplets fall on your shoe, it could possible spread the virus.
“COVID-19 can survive on shoes for up to 5 days. This, in turn, can be a dangerous way to spread the disease unknowingly for a prolonged period of time,” the study suggests
NIH also suggested taking some simple precautions in order to protect yourself and your family from spreading the virus, in case you have walked in any crowded place.
Remove your shoes before entering your house, wash them properly with water and soap. If your shoes are machine washable, you can wash them in the machine for 4 to 5 minutes. Leather and other materials which couldn’t be washed with water must be wiped properly with a good disinfectant. Place a clean pair of slippers or shoes outside your doorstep and change into them before entering your house.