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COVID-19 can survive on soles for up to five days

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by JohnEGreen, Mar 26, 2020.

  1. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Master

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    It seems the experts have just woken up to the fact that if you walk in an area where the virus has settled on the ground you can bring it home with you on the soles of your shoes.

    So leave them out side or clean them thoroughly when you get home if you've been out.

    I just wanted to give the info so no comments necessary if you don't feel like it.

    Unless of course it's to say don't be an idiot we already knew that.
     
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  2. Tophat1900

    Tophat1900 Type 3c · Well-Known Member

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    I guess you can bring it home on just about anything.
     
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  3. zand

    zand Type 2 · Expert

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    Thanks. I was wondering about shoes this morning and thought since they are hardish surfaces it might be 5 days. Thanks for confirming. :)
     
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  4. JoKalsbeek

    JoKalsbeek Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    I'd better not tell my husband. He's got gloves on over his gloves, he's that scared he'll bring something home to me from the shop he works in. It's almost unavoidable at this point, so I just hope to be able to dodge it until there's a dependable medication/vaccine and lots of it to go around. And if not, well... I know he tried. ;)
     
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  5. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Master

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    Just have a surreptitious clean of his boots when he's not looking.:)
     
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  6. JoKalsbeek

    JoKalsbeek Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    I'll quickly mop the hallway while I'm at it. ;) :D
     
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  7. Tophat1900

    Tophat1900 Type 3c · Well-Known Member

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    I was thinking a few days ago about anything that was bought at the super markets, food in cardboard, glass, tins etc, and fresh food that anyone could be handling was looking less appealing unless you really boil the living bejesus out of it.

    Kind of depressing, but what can you do but be careful.
     
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    Tophat1900 Type 3c · Well-Known Member

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    In the same boat, suppressed immune system, liver disease, diabetes, decreased lung capacity.... I think I check just about all the boxes for high risk. So also hoping for the same. :***: Well, hoping that the wife doesn't bring it home being a health care worker. Not that your husband would be wandering through my house.... yep, it's a great time to be alive :D
     
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  9. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I wondered if it could be passed person to dog, dog to dog, dog to person? My dog has just got used to not having a shower after every walk because of the mud, do I need to start again?
     
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    I'm certainly not an expert but sure that only problem would be if somebody stroked your dog who was infected and then you stroked your dog. Not sure about dog paws though. To be honest theres probably on so much you can do and stay sane! Ultimately in this situation guess it also comes down to washing hands after stroking dog,not touching face etc.x
     
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  11. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Master

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    That I am unsure of but would go by better safe than sorry and start doing it again.
     
  12. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I was thinking more of dog to dog contact. Dogs do the opposite of social distancing!
     
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  13. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Master

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    Me too in most respects, wife works in local hospital she has taken the last few days of her leave but has been told now she can work from home so that's a relief

    I'm glad I was taken off Azathioprine as four years on them had driven my leukocytes down to zero and any infection let alone this would have been extremely dangerous am now just taking preds.
     
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  14. Jim Lahey

    Jim Lahey I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Doubtless true, although I feel that if I spend time messing about sanitising my shoes then I'm more likely to come into unnecessary contact with anything that is on them. An airlock, hazmat suit and decontamination wash is the only way to be sure :nurse:
     
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    I live in a very urban, very 'high-exposure' environment, so I always take my shoes off at the door anyway, but these days, I've been spraying bleach solution on the soles of my shoes when I get home. Probably not foolproof, but as with masks, I think every little helps.
     
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    DavidGrahamJones Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the info, potentially I'm up the swanee because I had to shop this morning. Mind you, I normally kick my shoes off at the door, so I must remember to avoid the hallway.
     
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    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    In the unlikely event of getting the virus on your shoes you still have to transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth before you become infected. If you are still worried can I suggest a baking tray with disinfectant to stand in à la foot and mouth disease.
     
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  19. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Don't lick the soles of your shoes?
     
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  20. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Master

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    The thing is not to track the virus around the home as it could transfer to other surfaces around the home. Best to leave them out side or in an out house/garage or directly inside the front door. You can clean them with disinfectant wipes or such canvas type shoes can be cleaned in a washing machine on low heat.
     
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