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The Coronavirus Can Spread Through The Soles Of Shoes, CDC Warns

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In a fresh study made public in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s journal, researchers tested surface and air quality at a Wuhan hospital in China, where the disease first broke out.

The scientists discovered that around 50% of medical employees stationed at intensive care units had the coronavirus on the bottoms of their shoes. In addition, the finding revealed that the floor of the pharmacy only healthcare workers walk on (not patients) was highly infectious.

“Therefore, the soles of medical staff shoes might function as carriers,” the researchers warned. “We highly recommend that persons disinfect shoe soles before walking out of wards containing COVID-19 patients.”

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Details concerning the best methods for disinfecting shoes have not yet been discussed, but a mat service where your mats are exchanged weekly and washed in hot water at 60c will offer your building protection. The mats can also be treated as required with disinfectant to reduce the ingress of Covid 19 being walked into your premises.

Read The Independent’s article:


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Our primary service is a mat washing and exchange service.  Infectious disease specialists have warned that COVID-19 can live on the soles of shoes for up to five days, with footwear more likely to carry Coronavirus if it has been worn in busy areas like supermarkets, airports or on public transport.  This contamination is then transferred to your mats and floors each time someone enters your premises.  Transfer Risk Reduction – People who are not working from home and continuing to commute, like healthcare workers and shop assistants, are advised to use one pair of shoes for any time spent out of the house. However, it’s not always practical to ask people to change shoes when entering your business premises.

Minimise the spread of germs in your building by using a mat washing service. UK Mats wash 20,000 mats a week in detergent and hot water at 60ºC to ensure your mats are fully clean.

For all your mat washing requirements please contact us and we will be happy to assist.
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