New Study Suggests The Novel Coronavirus Can Live On Shoes

Date: 2020-04-16 Writer: Sunfoot Views:

While numerous doctors and scientists are currently studying coronavirus in an effort to learn more about the pandemic, there are still many unknowns about how the disease spreads.

For example, we know that we should rigorously wash our hands and avoid touching our mouth, nose and eyes in an effort to limit the spread of germs, but should we also be doing the same for any clothes worn outside or our shoes?

A new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that the novel coronavirus can live on the soles of shoes."Almost all positive results were concentrated in the contaminated areas (ICU 54/57, 94.7%; GW 9/9, 100%); the rate of positivity was much higher for the ICU (54/124, 43.5%) than for the GW (9/114, 7.9%) (Tables 1, 2). The rate of positivity was relatively high for floor swab samples (ICU 7/10, 70%; GW 2/13, 15.4%), perhaps because of gravity and air flow causing most virus droplets to float to the ground. In addition, as medical staff walk around the ward, the virus can be tracked all over the floor, as indicated by the 100% rate of positivity from the floor in the pharmacy, where there were no patients. Furthermore, half of the samples from the soles of the ICU medical staff shoes tested positive.Therefore, the soles of medical staff shoes might function as carriers. The 3 weak positive results from the floor of dressing room 4 might also arise from these carriers. We highly recommend that persons disinfect shoe soles before walking out of wards containing COVID-19 patients."[1]

What can you do to keep your shoes from spreading germs in your home? You may try the following ways:

1. Taking off your shoes and cleaning them with disinfectant before you enter your home (and leaving them in your garage, washroom, or porch) would also be advisable.

shoe disinfection

2. Use shoe covers in areas where the virus is at high risk.

shoe cover dispenser

3. Use shoes dryer and sterilizer to disinfect the inside of shoes. 

shoe disinfection

Reference:1. Aerosol and Surface Distribution of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 in Hospital Wards, Wuhan, China, 2020