can you get covid from clothes

can you get covid from clothes

Can you get COVID-19 from Clothes?

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has everyone worrying about potential sources of the virus. Many people are wary of catching it from public areas, restaurants and from close contact with other people. One question which has been of particular interest is whether it is possible to get coronavirus from clothes.

What do the experts say?

Experts agree that clothes and fabric generally do not play a major role in the transmission of the virus. This is because it is believed to die quickly on surfaces, within a few hours or so.

That being said, those with a weakened immune system or those more susceptible to infection could still catch the virus through contact with the clothes, fabric, or the person’s skin once they have put them on.

How can I protect myself while wearing clothes?

The risk of contracting the virus from clothes can be reduced by following some simple steps:

  • Wear clean clothes: Always ensure that you are washing and drying your clothes, as well as any fabric materials which you may come into contact with regularly.
  • Regularly sanitize your clothes: Consider sanitizing any clothing, bedding, and fabric materials which you have been in contact with once you have worn them.
  • Disinfect any areas which may be contaminated: Make sure to clean any surfaces (especially those which have recently been touched) with a disinfectant.
  • Avoid contact with people who may have been exposed to the virus: Be mindful and try to reduce contact with people known to have the virus or who have been in contact with someone who has it.


There is no definitive answer to whether clothing can transmit COVID-19. Although it is still possible to catch the virus from clothes, fabric, or the person’s skin, the risk is low even for those with a weakened immune system. By following the steps suggested in this article, you can reduce the risk of catching the virus from clothing considerably.

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