It’s good to know that Coronavirus doesn’t survive well on clothes and if it does then washing clothes at 60 degrees centigrade should destroy it, according to scientists.
Studies have shown that the virus can remain active on metal and plastic surfaces for up to three days which would include buttons and zips, but scientists doubt that contaminated fabrics are a significant cause of infection.
Brendon Wren, professor of microbial pathogenesis at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine stated that the virus is not a living organism, but a tiny opportunistic particle. It doesn’t grow in the environment but merely tries to survive long enough until it reaches at human mucosal surface (such as those of the eyes, nose or mouth) where it is activated. “These particles ‘degrade readily’, Professor Wren added, “for example they don’t survive at a temperature of more 50 degrees centigrade, or in detergents or alcohol. It doesn’t survive well on cloth fibres – but there’s no harm in washing clothes more frequently.”
(Source: The Times 14/4)