The entire world is turning a tad obsessive lately.
We’re washing our hands like we’re preparing for surgery a dozen times a day. Coughing into our elbows and NEVER our hands. The new six feet away rule, if we have to go outside, is set in stone for now. And Purell hand sanitizer is hotter than a new Christmas toy at a Black Friday sale.
In the past, people went nuts for Cabbage Patch Kids and cheap televisions… shoving each other out of the way to get their hands on one. These days, however, fights are breaking out over disinfectant wipes and toilet paper.
It’s all because of the COVID-19 coronavirus, of course, as we try to avoid catching and spreading this potentially deadly germ.
But even those steps might not be enough. Because there’s ANOTHER way you might be exposed to germs, potentially including coronavirus, that most people have never considered.
As it turns out… you might be practically INVITING this virus into your home without ever knowing it.
The SECRET source of germs entering your home
I’ve already seen “experts” lining up to declare what’s safe and what’s not. And more than a few have said don’t worry about your footwear. “You can’t POSSIBLY get the infection from your shoes!”
Except… then the other shoe dropped.
An infectious diseases expert in the United Kingdom discovered the coronavirus can live for up to FIVE DAYS on rubber, leather, and PVC-based soles.
This news isn’t meant to make you panic. The virus still needs to get into your eyes, nose, mouth, or lungs. And you’re certainly not going to be sniffing or licking your shoes.
So overall, the odds of getting coronavirus from your footwear is probably very low. But if you venture outside for grocery shopping or a pharmacy run, it’s not zero.
And if you’re wearing your shoes inside your home, you’re potentially giving the germ new spots to rest and hide and new chances to get onto your hands and into your body.
Stop your shoes from tracking ugly bugs inside
This discovery means making one more change to your regular routine might be a good idea.
You COULD machine-wash your shoes whenever you get back from a necessary trip. You might even want to consider that if they can handle the washer (check the label or search online).
But a much simpler solution is to do things the way they do in Asia where – perhaps not coincidentally – the infection isn’t spreading nearly as fast. Take your shoes off at the door, and never wear them inside your home.
It’s a good habit anyway, even without a coronavirus risk. Shoes can be a significant source of nasty germs. One study from the University of Arizona, a few years back, found the average sole of the average shoe has… get this… 421,000 bacteria, viruses, and parasites lurking on it. Yikes.
Not ALL of those bugs are dangerous, of course. Nor will all of them will make you sick.
But some certainly could. And it’s pretty easy to bar those bugs from your home by not letting let them inside in the first place.