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New Coronavirus Study Says: Do Not Shake Used Linens

Do Not Shake Used Linens

Clean linens have always been important in the personal service industry. Now, according to the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association ISSA, they can help stop the spread of COVID-19.

A recent study in China took samples from two hotel rooms where two people who had tested positive for coronavirus were quarantined. Samples were taken from pillows, duvet covers, sheets, towels, door handles, faucet handles, light switches, thermometers, TV remotes and toilets.

There were 22 samples taken in total, and 8 tested positive for the coronavirus — including the pillowcases, bed sheet, duvet cover, towel, and faucet. The sheet and pillowcases had the highest “viral load,” while the virus was not found on the door handles and light switches. This suggests that “prolonged contact with an object may lead to higher levels of contamination.”

This does not mean we can ease up on sanitization of hard surfaces or those touched briefly. In fact, the study reminds us that the virus can remain viable on hard surfaces for up to 7 days. It’s also noted that the infected subjects were quarantined in the space for less than 24 hours — demonstrating how quickly the virus can contaminate environments.

It does mean that extra care should be taken when changing and cleaning linens. This, of course, includes proper laundering and completely drying after each use. Importantly, the researchers also advised that used linens not be shaken after removal, “to minimize the possibility of dispersing virus through the air.”

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