April 19, 2020

Can Coronavirus Enter Homes Through Shoes?

 

While we’re writing this, the number of active coronavirus cases has surpassed 2 million. It took 78 days to reach the 1 million threshold, but only 12 to reach 2 million. These numbers speak volumes,more than we are able to understand.  

On March 12, 2020, WHO announced the COVID-19 outbreak as a  global pandemic only 2 months after its first case was reported in Wuhan, China. Beyond this point, things have only grown worse. According to a Business Insider report,  one third of the global population  is  under lockdown. Businesses, schools, everything has been shut down.Life has come to a standstill. 

However, the show must go on…

Research is being done in various domains not just to keep the virus at bay but also to find alternative means to keep things going. For instance, a study published by theUnited StatesNational Institute of Health remarks that the virus can live on hard surfaces for over 24 hours.But what if the virus can enter your homes via your shoes? That is a serious question. 

“Shoes can be carriers of contamination if they are worn in vastly populated areas like grocery stores, malls and workplaces.” Opines Dr. Nanos, a family physician who is quite well versed in how diseases spread. She is of the view that the ‘coronavirus can stay on surfaces for up to 12 hours  or  more’ and this definitely includes shoes. 

Experts delineate that the sole of the shoe is most vulnerable towards bacteria, fungi and viruses. Most shoes like your casual wear sneakers and the work boots are made of non-porous materials which makes them most susceptible carriers of contamination. We must be mindful about these facts. But being acquainted with the facts is one thing and knowing what precautions to take is another. Here are some things we suggest you do to protect your footwear:

  • Keep a dedicated pair of shoes for going out. Better to keep it outside your living space. Drop it off at the door if you must!
  • If the shoes are machine washable, use hot water and soap to sanitise them.
  • Disinfect canvas footwear using a cloth and Lysol spray (an antimicrobial disinfectant designed to deactivate microorganisms on inert surfaces) Note: avoid using Lysol spray over leather shoes.
  • Make a mixture of white vinegar and water, which can be sprayed over leather shoes to disinfect them. 
  • Use a hair dryer to disinfect cleaning tools via hot air.  
  • Keep shoes beyond the reach of children.

We believe that there’s still room for more research to be done in this domain. Having said that, we would still recommend everyone to take all the necessary precautions. These are tough times indeed but with proper care and by abiding by all safety precautions, we can triumph over this virus. Because history denotes that we always have. 

Stay safe and take care. 


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 Men’s Shoe Size Conversions


6 38.5 5.5 9.25" 23.5
6.5 39 6 9.5" 24.1
7 40 6.5 9.625" 24.4
7.5 40.5 7 9.75" 24.8
8 41 7.5 9.9375" 25.4
8.5 41.5 8 10.125" 25.7
9 42 8.5 10.25" 26
9.5 42.5 9 10.4375" 26.7
10 43 9.5 10.5625" 27
10.5 43.5 10 10.75" 27.3
11 44 10.5 10.9375" 27.9
11.5 44.5 11 11.125" 28.3
12 45 11.5 11.25" 28.6
12.5 45.5 12 11.375" 28.9
13 46 12.5 11.5625" 29.4
13.5 46.5 13 11.625" 29.5
14 47 13.5 11.875" 30.2

 

 

Women’s Shoe Size Conversions

5 35.5 3 8.5" 21.6
5.5 36 3.5 8.75" 22
6 36.5 4 8.87" 22.5
6.5 37 4.5 9" 23
7 37.5 5 9.25" 23.5
7.5 38 5.5 9.37" 23.5
8 38.5 6 9.5" 23.8
8.5 39 6.5 9.68" 24.6
9 39.5 7 9.78" 25.1
9.5 40 7.5 10" 25.4
10 40.5 8 10.1" 25.9
10.5 41 8.5 10.3" 26.2
11 41.5 9 10.5" 26.7
11.5 42 9.5 10.6" 27.1
12 42.5 10 10.8" 27.6
12.5 43 10.5 11" 28
13 43.5 11 11.2" 28.4