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Posted on April 14, 2020

Luxor Nursing and Rehab at Mills Pond on Where Coronavirus Can and Cannot Live

During this time when personal protection is paramount as we try to limit the spread of coronavirus, it’s still not quite clear on exactly how cautious we need to be when it comes to things like packages and laundry.

Luxor Nursing and Rehab at Mills Pond has the experts’ take on where the virus thrives and where it does not.


While you should certainly be wary of what you touch while you’re out shopping and wash your hands as soon as you get home, it’s not necessary for you to change your clothes and/or take a shower once you return. Experts believe that droplets infected with the virus (like after a sneeze, for example) will drop to the ground rather than stick on your clothing, which is because people aren’t traveling fast enough for the virus to stick to your clothing. 

As for shoes, it’s not recommended to use a wipe on them because it could bring contaminated material to your hands (there’s a lot of nasty stuff on the soles of your shoes). If you want to be safe, just a spot just inside or outside the home for your shoes, and you can wash them if the label says it’s okay to do so.


The only time it’s advised that you don’t shake laundry before throwing it in the washing machine is if you are caring for someone sick inside the home. Wash clothes as you normally would, and if there is someone in the house showing symptoms of the virus, wash clothes on as warm of a cycle as possible, then be sure to fully dry the garments in the dryer.

Packages, Mail, and Newspaper

If it makes you feel more comfortable, you can let mail and packages sit 24 hours before handling them. Usually, however, just washing your hands after handling the mail, packages, or a newspaper is sufficient. There have yet to be any documented cases where someone contracted coronavirus through this way. 

During Exercise

If you’re out on a jog, walking the dog, or riding your bike, chances are you will pass some other people trying to reach their fitness requirements for the day as well. As long as you maintain a safe distance while approaching and passing others, the chances of catching the virus are extremely low.

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