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Getting Answers: How long can the coronavirus live on clothes?

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TUCSON (KVOA)- Some viewers have asked if the coronavirus can live on clothes.

One viewer asked: "If I test negative for coronavirus, and have no symptoms, could I still be a carrier by virtue of having virus spores on my clothes?"

Some studies reported that the coronavirus can live a few hours to a few days on different materials, but there is not a lot of research on how long the virus can live on various clothing material.

If someone went into a market and was socially distant from everyone, there is probably a good chance that those clothes were not exposed.

However, if a person was around someone who has the coronavirus or someone has coughed or sneezed near or on a person, than it is a good idea to wash the clothes to be safe.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency provides a full list of products known to be effective against SARS-CoV-2.

If you have a question about the coronavirus, email

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Priscilla Casper

Priscilla Casper is an anchor and multi-skilled journalist for News 4 Tucson. She anchors weekdays at noon and 5 p.m.

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