According to a New England Journal of Medicine study, COVID-19 may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials, including common clothing materials.
Articles of clothing that you wear every day could hold respiratory droplets. Experts say that the type of fabric your clothing is made of dictates how fast these particles can dry out over time and render the virus inactive.
Robert Amler, dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College and a former CDC chief medical officer, told Huffpost that the virus could live longer on fabrics that are more porous and hold moisture longer than others.
Family and emergency Dr. Janette Nesheiwat suggests that polyester, a spandex-like material, may retain germs longer than breathable cotton-based or natural antimicrobial fabrics, making it important to wash leggings, underwear, and dresses carefully.
“Polyester and other spandex-like material may retain germs longer...,” Neshaiwat said. "The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease reported that some viruses can remain active after two or three days on plastic and stainless steel, 24 hours on cardboard and four hours on copper.” It is important that you are aware of potential contamination that your clothing hardware, such as buttons and zippers, could disseminate.
AmorSui’s Dorothy Hodgkin top, Rosalind Franklin pant, and Marie Curie dress are made of a sustainable natural blend of Tencel, a fabric produced using recyclable, earth-friendly solvents from natural wood pulp cellulose. Its key feature beyond its softness without wrinkle, smoothness in drape, incredible strength and durability, and great color retention after washing, is its excellent antimicrobial properties when blended with other fabrics.
Tencel fabrics inhibit the growth of Escherichia Coli by almost six times and S. Aureus (a gram-positive bacteria found to contribute to over 50% of hospital-acquired infections) by four times compared to regular cotton.
Growth Inhibition of E. Coli and S. Aureus by Tencel fabrics
Unlike typical polyester and spandex clothing, which account for 60% of the worldwide clothing market, AmorSui garments do not adhere to moisture because of Tencel’s natural moisture wicking properties, and is packed more closely than other fabrics per our original design to trap oxygen molecules to self-extinguish fire. All of these properties make AmorSui’s garment a great alternative option to help you and your loved ones minimize COVID-19 contamination on your clothing.
AmorSui is committed to keeping you safe and contributing to the fight against coronavirus alongside medical professionals. For the month of April, AmorSui will donate garment of equal value from each purchase to the female healthcare staff at Jefferson Hospital and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
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The AmorSui team