Can Coronavirus Live On Your Shoes?
We know that COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus, and it can remain on surfaces for days.
But what about the prospect of the coronavirus living on our shoes and transporting it wherever we go? We take a look at the evidence we have so far to see if Coronavirus can, in fact, survive on footwear.
The alarming news is that a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that it can. Earlier this year, researches found traces of COVID-19 on the soles of shoes worn by medical staff at an intensive care unit at a hospital in the original epicentre, Wuhan in China.
"In conducting these tests, researchers weren't expecting it on the ground," US infectious disease specialist Sandra Kesh says.
"When they swabbed the soles of the shoes, nearly half of those samples tested positive, and researchers ended up thinking that the medical workers are the ones trekking it around floors... They then started suggesting shoe coverings in hospitals for those who need to walk around."
When posed with the same question as to whether Coronovairus can live on the bottom of shoes, Dr Anthony Cardillo, CEO of Mend Urgent Care in California, says the answer is yes.
"We know that when people sneeze and cough, it's a droplet that falls to the ground. So those droplets are being transmitted as you're walking," he says.
"You should definitely be mindful about changing your shoes and wearing shoe coverings."
There you have it. Although the likelihood of the general population picking it up on our shoes when we go for a walk or to the shops might be low, the fact still remains that there is a chance we could be carrying the virus on our footwear and bringing it into our homes.
So for all the great work we're doing to prevent the spread, including washing our hands, wearing masks and socially distancing – what are we doing to protect our footwear?
The World Health Organisation suggests to take your shoes off at the door, but we've got a solution that's a "step" further!
Just like wearing gloves for your hands, covers for your shoes have become just as critical to ensuring we're not spreading the virus.
By using the Step Seal And Go™ Shoe Cover Machine before you enter your home or business, and asking your guests to do the same, you'll be taking the necessary precaution to trap the virus if it is lurking underneath someone's shoes.
Plus, unlike traditional shoe covers, it means you don't have to touch your feet at all, as the automatic shoe cover machine will do all the work for you.
If you want to go the extra mile to protect your family, friends and employees, then using the Original Step Seal And Go™ is the best way to do that.