So how long does the coronavirus last on clothes and how should we properly clean clothes during the epidemic?
Can coronavirus spread through clothes?
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the main route of transmission of coronavirus is through respiratory droplets (sneezes or coughs of an infected person). Besides, this virus can also enter the human body from contaminated surfaces or tools, including clothing.
How long does COVID stay on clothes?
The US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has conducted a study on how long the coronavirus lives on different materials. The results showed that the virus can survive up to 4 hours on copper materials, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and 72 hours on plastic and stainless steel.
There is no information to determine how long the coronavirus specifically lives on clothes. However, according to infectious disease expert Amesh A. Adalja, MD, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in Maryland, USA, the lifetime of the coronavirus on clothing can range from a few hours to a day. This time depends on the fabric material, environmental conditions, temperature, and air humidity.