Can Coronavirus Live On Your Carpet?
Cornavirus or Covid-19 is spreading at an alarming rate. On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization declared that the coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic. Up until then, there are more than 1,000 cases in the US and at least 38 casualties.
The virus can cause pneumonia and affected people have reported to suffer coughs, fever and breathing difficulties.
A couple of measures to protect yourself are:
- Wash your hands and scrub them for at least 20 seconds
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing
- Face masks offer some protection
- Upon symptoms, seek medical help over the phone
- Stay indoors and avoid public places
But what about surfaces, and your carpets specifically? Let’s talk about it.
Can the coronavirus live on soft surfaces like fabric or carpet? What about hard surfaces?
According to Harvard Health Publishing:
How long the new coronavirus can live on a soft surface — and more importantly, how easy or hard it is to spread this way — isn’t clear yet. So far, available evidence suggests it can be transmitted less easily from soft surfaces than frequently-touched hard surfaces, such as a doorknob or elevator button.
According to the WHO, coronaviruses may survive on surfaces for just a few hours or several days, although many factors will influence this, including surface material and weather.
That’s why personal preventive steps like frequently washing hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and wiping down often-touched surfaces with disinfectants or a household cleaning spray, are a good idea.
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