COVID-19 Can Spread Through Shoe Soles, Says CDC

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It has become more important now than ever for medical workers who are battling the dreaded coronavirus on the frontlines to sanitise their shoes.

A study conducted in one the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) journals titled Emerging Infectious Diseases, it was found that about half of healthcare professionals working in intensive care units carried coronavirus on the soles of their shoes.

The report also found that there was a 100 per cent positive rate from the floor of the pharmacy, where only healthcare workers and no patients travelled.

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“We highly recommend that persons disinfect shoe soles before walking out of wards containing COVID-19 patients,” advised researchers.

Shoes made from fabrics like mesh or canvas can be cleaned in the washing machine. Wash fabrics at very high temperatures (140°F) with a detergent that contains bleach to have best disinfectant results. (Bleach has been clinically proven to kill bacteria and viruses.)

To disinfect shoes, make a mixture of 70 per cent alcohol and water, advised CDC.

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