- Experts have revealed that the novel coronavirus can live on shoes for 5 days or more
- One of the primary concern of experts was the sole of the shoes, primarily those made of rubber, leather or PVC-based soles
- You can disinfect your shoes using alcohol-based wipes or simply wash them with soap and water
- Experts recommend that you have a dedicated pair for going out so that you don't have to bring your shoes inside your home
Health experts have established that coronavirus can last on surfaces for days, with steel surfaces being the best breeding grounds, and plastic surfaces coming in close at second place.
While everyone has been busy with handwashing, one must not forget to be mindful of their shoes.
As per Huffington Post, Mary E. Schmidt, an infectious disease specialist, said that the time that the virus can live on shoes could be five days ore more.
A family practitioner, Georgine Nanos, said that shoes that are worn in heavily populated locations like mass transit or grocery stores, including workplaces, can become a source of contamination.
Independent reported that another doctor, Cwanza Pinckney, said that the sole is the breeding ground of more viruses and bacteria.
Public health specialist Carol Winner, said that taking off shoes before entering one's home will be ideal.
Most health workers would have separate work shoes and home shoes. There are those who would take off their work shoes and put them in designated containers before entering their vehicles.
Experts also warned parents with kids at home as the latter is prone to mishandle their shoes.
In a previous KAMI report, it discussed the uncommon symptoms of coronavirus. While the most popular ones are cough, fever and difficulty breathing, there are other symptoms that people must be aware of.
The coronavirus outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. At present, the Philippines is under a state of calamity while the entire Luzon is under an enhanced community quarantine.
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