Can COVID-19 Survive on Fabric?
It’s no secret by now that COVID-19 is an airborne virus that is spread via contact, but can it also be spread through contact with fabric? With the increased emphasis on wearing face masks while out, this is an important question to consider.
How Long Does COVID-19 Survive on Clothes?
Research suggests that COVID-19 can survive on fabric for up to two days. The length of time the virus can survive on fabric is dependent upon several factors, including the temperature and humidity of the environment, and the type of fabric. Generally, COVID-19 can survive longer on materials such as polyester or nylon rather on cotton.
In What Cases Could The Virus Be Transmitted?
In cases where a person might have large amounts of the virus on their clothing, such as after sneezing or coughing on clothing, the virus could potentially be spread via contact with fabric. However, it is unlikely that you would contract the virus from contact with clothing from an infected individual unless you come into contact with large amounts of the virus.
What Are Some Precautions To Take?
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 via fabric you should:
- Wash clothes regularly — wash any clothing that has come into contact with someone who is suspected of having the virus, or with any other contaminated surface.
- Clean surfaces — avoid contact with contaminated surfaces such as doorknobs and handles. Try to use single-use disposable gloves or hand sanitizer and/or wipes when touching surfaces.
- Minimize contact — keep your distance from anyone who might be carrying the virus, and wear a face mask or face covering when around others.
- Practice good hygiene — wash your hands frequently, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important if you have come into contact with anyone who is confirmed to have COVID-19.
Overall, it’s important to be cognizant of the potential for COVID-19 to spread via fabric, although it is unlikely to be transmitted through clothing. The best way to stay safe and healthy is to take all the necessary safety precautions and practice good hygiene.