Doctors warn shoes and shopping can spread coronavirus

Doctors have warned shopping and shoes could bring coronavirus into people's homes.

Even if people are safely washing their hands, doctors said the deadly virus can be brought into homes through other means.

Doctors have offered advice on how to stop this, though.

On Channel 4’s 'Coronavirus: How Clean is Your House?' Dr Javid Abdelmoneim, an A&E doctor, and Dr Lisa Cross, a virologist have told households how to best curb the spread of the virus, Lincolnshrie Live reports.

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The experts warned shoppers could bring back more than just their groceries, with coronavirus able to survive on shoes and shopping.

Households around the UK are currently in lockdown but many still have to go out to get essentials or go to work, so the pair of doctors have advised strict vigilance to keep your home safe.

The first thing to do, according to the doctors, is to take shoes off as soon as you enter the house and only wear one pair when you go out.

In the Channel 4 show, they said: "When you first come in from the outside, take off your shoes immediately.

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"Most shoes have a non-porous rubbery sole, which the virus can survive on anywhere between three and five days.

"Keep shoes in your hallway, or the same spot and try to use only one pair of shoes to go outside,” they explained.

Dr Abdelmoneim and Dr Cross also advised changing and washing clothes straight after being outside – particularly if you’ve been on public transport.

They said: "It’s believed coronavirus can last up to 24 hours on clothes."

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"If you have had to use public transport, or come into close contact with people, think about changing your clothes immediately and putting them in the wash,” they added.

While they say that takeaway food is unlikely to be a risk, because even if virus particles are ingested, they probably would not survive in our stomach acid, they claim that food packaging should be more of a concern.

Coronavirus can live for up to 24 hours on cardboard and between three and five days on plastic, so Dr Cross advises people to throw away as much outer packaging as possible – like the box containing a bag of cereal.

The pair said people should wipe down foods that can’t leave their packets, like soup for example, with soapy water.

The experts advised cleaning any food products where the packaging can't be removed, such as cans

The experts advised cleaning any food products where the packaging can't be removed, such as cans (Image: Getty Images North America)

Dr Cross added that soap and water is particularly suitable for killing the coronavirus on items that come into contact with foods.

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Finally, Dr Abdelmoneim recommended having two separate tea towels – one for drying hands and one for drying dishes – to stop cross-contamination.

Chief Scientific Advisor Sir Patrick Vallance said recently that social distancing measures are helping to prevent people getting Covid-19.

However, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is standing in for Prime Minister Boris Johnson while he recovers from coronavirus, said that although early results of the lockdown are promising, it was too early to consider lifting it.

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