Shoes can be SARS-CoV-2 carriers, doctors warned

The virus was found on the floor of a hospital pharmacy where no patients had been, researchers say 

The SARS-CoV-2 virus may be carried on shoes and its airborne carriage is up to four metres - over twice the recommendation for social distancing, research shows.

Results published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in their Emerging Infectious Diseases journal “confirm that SARS-CoV-2 aerosol exposure poses risks”.

In addition, the Chinese researchers say their findings show that doctors leaving ICU areas where COVID-19 patients had been treated should disinfect their shoes.

The study team

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