US / UAE: The latest study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions has mentioned in their journal titled ‘Emerging Infectious Diseases’ has warned frontline medical practitioners and workers to sanitize their shoes strictly as coronavirus can spread through the shoe soles.
The journal states that more than half of the healthcare professionals working in the intensive care units and wards carry coronavirus on their shoe soles. The report also found that there was a 100 percent positive rate from the floor of the pharmacy as only healthcare workers traveled and no patients.
“We highly recommend that persons disinfect shoe soles before walking out of wards containing COVID-19 patients,” advised researchers. There have been no proper measures developed to clean shoes effectively to prevent the carrying of the virus.
However, recently, a TikTok post by a nurse about the disinfectant routine has gone viral. In her post, she demonstrated how she was placing shoes in bleach overnight.
Shoes made from fabrics like mesh or canvas can be cleaned in the washing machine. The NHS has advised people to wash fabrics at a very high temperature (140°F) with a detergent that contains bleach to have the best disinfectant results. (Bleach has been clinically proven to kill bacteria and viruses.)
Leather or other man-made materials can be cleaned using regular dishes or handwashing soap and water. It is also advised to check a small portion of leather first before washing it as it may alter the look of the material. To disinfect shoes, make a mixture of 70 percent alcohol and water, advised CDC.