You might be following all the recommended social distancing guidelines — standing six feet apart, wearing a cloth face mask in public, staying at home and only going out for essential items, etc. — but could the clothes you wear when out in public cause you to catch coronavirus?
An expert shares her opinion.
FRIDAY, April 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- While most Americans are hunkered down in their homes as coronavirus sweeps across the country, essential workers still have to go to their jobs, and trips to the grocery store and pharmacy remain necessary. But can the clothing people wear out spread COVID-19?
If so, what is the best way to handle clothes on your return?
That may depend on exactly what you do when you leave the house. For example, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) urges nurses and doctors to think of hospitals as "hot zones," and advises them to remove all of their clothing before re-entering their home. An immediate shower or bath is also advised, with work clothing kept away from other clothing until thoroughly washed in hot soapy water.
But for the average person, the role of clothing in infection risk is much less clear.