Can Coronavirus Live On Shoes And Be Brought Into Our Homes?

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Can Coronavirus Live On Shoes And Be Brought Into Our Homes?

Even as we learn more each day about the COVID-19 pandemic, new questions arise about how coronavirus can affect every aspect of our lives. 

These concerns include how to wash and disinfect clothing and how to wash our hands. However, shoes are a growing area of concern because they are points of contact in crowded public places, such as in grocery stores

Some of this burgeoning information can be misleading. It’s important to stick with the facts, so we tapped a handful of experts (doctors and infectious disease specialists) to answer questions about shoes and coronavirus.  

TL;DR: How worried do we need to be about getting coronavirus from our shoes?

Despite evidence that suggests that the COVID-19 virus can live on surfaces for days, public health specialist Carol Winner said to keep in mind that there is no proof right now that coronavirus comes into the house on shoes. 

This makes it important to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations to wash your hands thoroughly (at least 20 seconds), work from home if you can and avoid touching your face.  

“There is no evidence to say that the coronavirus comes into the house from shoes,” she told HuffPost. “Pragmatically, they are on the body part furthest from our face, and we do know that the greatest risk of transmission is person to person, not shoe to person.” 

But coronavirus has been studied so little. How long COULD it live on shoes?

Though the CDC suggests that COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, is thought to be spread person-to-person through respiratory droplets, there is evidence the virus is able to live on surfaces.

A study published by the National Institutes of Health, for example, showed that the virus can live on cardboard for 24 hours and for two to three days on stainless steel and plastic. 

However, shoes can be a potential source of contamination, according to family practitioner Georgine Nanos, especially if they’re worn in...

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