The findings of the test conducted in the UK followed three types of fabrics: polyester, 100% cotton and polycotton • Researchers recommend collecting the clothes on arrival at home, and washing them at maximum heat
Medical staff at Shaare Zedek.
Oren Ben Hakon
A new study from the University of Montfort (DMU) in the UK has found that the corona virus can survive on clothing for 72 hours.
The survey researchers, led by Dr. Katie Lird, Dr. Maitrey Shivkomar and Dr. Lucy Owen, examined three types of clothing used by medical staff: polyester, 100% cotton clothing and clothing made of polycotton. The findings showed that whoever tops the list With the possibility of survival of the virus for 72 hours is polyester.
It is followed by 100% cotton fabric with the virus' ability to survive for 24 hours, and finally the polycotton fabric, a kind of combination of cotton and polyester - on which the corona virus begins to survive for only about 6 hours.
Following the findings, Dr. Katie told Laird that “after each shift, the medical staff’s clothes should be washed in industrial washing machines.
"Our findings show that the virus survives significantly longer on the major textile materials used by doctors and nurses, who even return home with the same uniform."
The bottom line is that researchers recommend collecting the clothes upon arrival, and washing them at maximum heat, and even transferring them to a tumble dryer.
Yes they recommend keeping separately in a corona patient clothing bag at home, and even disinfecting the outer buttons of the washing machine and the inside of the machine after each washing of clothes.