The CDC Says The Coronavirus Can Spread Through Your Shoes. Here’s What You Need To Know

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I’ve been scrubbing my hands raw you guys, so much that my skin is becoming cracked! I’m hand sanitizing everything under the sun and even wiping down my groceries!

Lysol, Bleach, paper towels, Clorox Wipes, pretty much all of the cleaning supplies are flying off the shelves and it makes sense.

Right now, we are at a time where we need to be extra cognizant of what we’re touching and what should be cleaned.

Well, the CDC has something new for us that I think you all should know and it’s not shocking that it involves the bottom of your shoe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s journals, Emerging Infectious Diseases, have researched air and surface samples at the hospital in Wuhan, China.

Researchers have found that about 50% of health-care employees working in the ICU, carried the virus on the bottom of their shoes.

The report also showed that there was a 100% rate from the floor of which only health-care workers walked on and not the infected patients.

“Therefore, the soles of medical staff shoes might function as carriers,” the researchers wrote. “We highly recommend that persons disinfect shoe soles before walking out of wards containing COVID-19 patients.”

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The UK’s National Health Service recommends washing fabrics with a product containing bleach at a high temperature at around 140°F. For example, shoes that are made up of mesh can be washed in your washing machine.

Keep in mind that other shoe materials can be ruined in the wash. However, you can still wash your shoes with soap and water or by using a disinfectant. If you choose to use a disinfectant, make sure that the mixture is 70% alcohol, as the CDC recommends.


Currently, there’s no specific way on how we should be disinfecting our shoes, although that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take cleaning our shoes just as seriously as washing our hands!

When in doubt, remove your shoes before entering your home, spray them with disinfectant or wash them with soap and water. This is at least something we can do to keep the germs on our shoes out of our homes.


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