Luggage: Expert’s simple tip to reduce risk of spreading COVID-19 after holidays

Coronavirus has turned the world upside down, with holidays now a distant memory for some. Yet, eager holidaymakers have grasped the opportunity that travel corridors have presented.

“Wash white clothes and towels separately at a hotter temperature.”

The virus has a different life expectancy depending on the type of surface it is on.

When it comes to fabric, scientists suggest that it can only survive up to two days.

This is why washing is so vital.

“If you’re concerned that your clothing may have been exposed to COVID-19, the best way to get rid of the virus is to wash any exposed clothing on heated cycles,” John Sensakovic, M.D., division director of infectious disease at JFK Medical Centre told Hackensack Meridian Health.

Mr Dimitrov added: “We are constantly in contact with our phones, touching them with our hands and holding them to our face, so it’s really important to keep our phones as clean as possible when we travel.

“Use a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or spray disinfectant onto a clean tissue and wipe all over your phone to keep it sanitised.

“Try to do this before washing your hands so you avoid touching germy phones with clean hands.”

Similarly, any other hard objects, including luggage itself, should be cleaned when possible.

“Antibacterial wipes work well to remove bacteria, but aren’t strong enough to remove traces of the virus,” explained Mr Dimitrov.

“Instead, use a travel-sized bottle of disinfectant and some pocket tissues (or 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe) to wipe over items such as keys, purse, cameras, makeup compacts, and any other items with a hard surface.”

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