Can Covid-19 Be Carried on Clothes?
Covid-19 is a highly contagious, serious virus that is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes, sending droplets with the virus spraying into the air and onto surfaces. It is possible to spread the virus this way via direct contact with another person, a contaminated surface or object, and potentially through the air itself.
The Risk of Covid-19 on Clothing
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasizes that Covid-19 is primarily spread by person-to-person contact and by contact with an infected surface. It is unlikely for the virus to spread through indirect contact, like touching clothing or other fabric that has been exposed to the virus.
However, it is still possible that trace amounts of the virus could be present on clothing after contact with an infected person or surface. And, if weakened, the virus could potentially be carried on clothes.
Options to Reduce the Risk
To reduce the risk of carrying the virus on clothes, there are several steps you can take:
- Wash clothes after being out in public
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after coming in contact with any clothes you think may be contaminated
- Wash the laundry on a high-temperature setting
- Consider using bleach or a hot iron to disinfect cloth
The CDC also recommends that when you’re out in public to wear clothes that can be easily washed or disinfected to reduce the spread of Covid-19 on clothing.
Though there is no definite answer to whether or not Covid-19 can be carried on clothes, it is possible that the virus may be present in trace amounts. To reduce your risk of carrying the virus on clothing it is important to wash your clothes after being out in public and to wear clothes that can be easily washed or disinfected.