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Should We Leave Our Shoes Outside, Wash Clothes When We Get Home?

At this point, we all know that safety precautions like maintaining social distance, wearing a protective face mask and frequently washing your hands properly are important in order to keep yourself safe from the coronavirus. But how about your clothes and your shoes? How do you make sure they’re safe and clean as well?


What To Know About Clothes, Shoes And The Coronavirus

While an increasing number of states are starting to reopen, most businesses and stores are also getting back to usual operating schedules, which means that people would slowly start pouring in again. However, this doesn’t mean that the coronavirus is gone and that the pandemic is over since we still have a long way to go. Because of this, precautions like wearing a face mask and regularly washing our hands are still encouraged as well as frequent sanitation of our homes. But to that end, should we do the same for our clothes and shoes? Here’s what we know:

Do you need to wash our clothes after going out?

Thankfully, there’s no evidence that the virus can survive on clothing, meaning that the likelihood of you contracting it from your clothes is low. As such, you don’t immediately have to change your clothes after coming home from the grocery store, especially if you practiced social distancing. However, if you do work at a health care facility with COVID-19 patients, then the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends you to change and launder your clothes when you get home. However, they don’t recommend you shake your dirty laundry since there’s a small chance the virus may become airborne again.
How about leaving your shoes outside?



A lot of you may be wondering if bringing your shoes inside the house after going out to get some groceries is safe and a new study conducted by CDC revealed that the virus can survive on the soles of our shoes. However, whether these droplets are infectious is still unknown. Nevertheless, it’s most likely not infectious as long as you don’t touch the infected area and touch your face right after.

With that being said, spraying some disinfectant on your shoes before going inside is a good idea.

Original article by Medical Daily.

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For those of you interested in learning more about, COVID-19 Pedagogy author Maureen Sullivan has written the course COVID-19: A Healthcare Pandemic.

The purpose of this educational offering is to familiarize the healthcare professional with the issues surrounding COVID-19, a coronavirus that is currently causing a healthcare pandemic. This novel or new coronavirus was identified last year (2019), and is currently causing increasing numbers of illness and death worldwide. As this viral infection takes a financial, medical, and emotional toll on the worldwide population, it is imperative that all healthcare workers have a basic understanding of the virus, its symptoms, and transmission, and most importantly, what measures can be taken to lower the risk of infection in all areas of work and home.

Objectives:

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:
  1.  Discuss what is meant by the term coronavirus and the acronym COVID-19.
  2.  Identify signs and symptoms pertaining to the clinical presentation of a suspected coronavirus patient.
  3.  Outline infection control issues related to the care of the coronavirus patient.
  4.  Discuss the likely origin of coronavirus in Wuhan, China.
  5.  Cite proper hand washing guidelines and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  6.  Describe ongoing research and development of treatments (medications, vaccines, and others) for confirmed coronavirus.
  7.  Discuss the differences between the terms outbreak, epidemic, and pandemic.
  8.  Discuss the term “social distancing”.
  9.  Discuss the term “vulnerable population” as a high-risk group for developing coronavirus.
  10.  State the differences between the terms contagious and infectious.
Curriculum:

Chapter 1: Introduction, and Learning Objectives
Chapter 2: Origin and Pathophysiology of COVID-19
Chapter 3: COVID-19 and Vulnerable Populations
Chapter 4: COVID-19 and Emerging Treatment Options
Chapter 5: Nursing Homes: Preparing to Deal with a Pandemic
Chapter 6: When the Caregiver Becomes the Patient
Chapter 7: Caring for the Caregiver: The Importance of Self-Care Amidst a Pandemic
Chapter 8: References
Chapter 9: Appendix
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