A study recently conducted by De Montfort University in England has concluded that SARS-CoV-2, the primary cause of COVID-19, can survive as long as three days on certain types of fabrics. According to information on the University’s website, some of the most vulnerable fabrics are frequently worn by those who work in the healthcare profession. Several types of materials were examined, to see if the virus could in fact survive, and if so, for how long. At the conclusion of the study, it was determined that SARS-CoV-2 can remain infectious for as little as a few hours, or as long as several days.

COVID-19 Can Survive on Some Fabrics for Up to Three Days

We suggest reading the findings of this interesting and concerning study, especially if you’re in the medical field and proactively looking to minimize contact and transmission of COVID-19. In the interim, here’s a brief summary of what was found.

  • The three main fabrics examined were cotton, polyester and polycotton

  • A virus similar to COVID remained infectious on polyester for three days

  • It was demonstrated that the virus remained infectious on cotton for 24 hours

  • Poly cotton was the most promising, as the virus only survived for about six hours

  • Those who wear cotton and polyester risk transmitting the virus to home surfaces

Electrostatic Disinfection Helps Prevent the Spread of Viruses

Whether you’re a healthcare professional, an essential worker or a frontline responder, it’s important to take every precaution at your disposal when it comes to stopping the spread of COVID. Having uniforms and other essential fabric-based gear professionally sanitized with electrostatic disinfection is a smart way to keep everyone safe, while increasing peace of mind at both work and home.

Xyfection is one of the industry’s most trusted and well-established provider of professional electrostatic disinfection for businesses, and we invite you to learn more about what sets our technology, materials and process apart from so many others.