YOU need to wash your bed sheets every few days during the coronavirus pandemic, experts have said.
They warn viral particles could get trapped in fabrics and can be inhaled during your sleep.
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Government campaigns spearheaded by the department of health have urged people to wash their hands more often and for longer, but there isn’t much advice out there for how often we should empty our laundry basket.
Dermatologists have now said that you should double your usual washes, so if you usually wash your bedding every week, make it twice a week.
Audrey Kunin from DERMADoctor said there is also some evidence that suggests viruses can continue to live on bedding.
Speaking to the Huffington Post she said: "Concerns that viral particles can become trapped within the fabric weave, then inhaled during sleep, would make me recommend increasing the frequency of doing laundry."
This is while dermatologist Joshua Zeichner said: "While there are no hard and fast rules, generally I’m telling my patients to cut normal wash periods in half."
While there are no concrete rules as to how often you should wash your bedding, it is recommended that items such as pillowcases and sheets are washed at higher temperatures.
It is recommended that pillowcases and items that touch the face frequently are washed every several days while items such as quilts that don’t have much skin contact can be washed less frequently.
In normal circumstances experts said they would recommend washing sheets and other bedding items once a week, while things like quilts and mattress toppers can generally be washed once a year.
But during the coronavirus pandemic it is advised that items that touch the skin more frequently are washed on a regular basis.
Key workers have also been advised to wash their clothes on arriving home from their shifts in case particles are still on their garments.
Podiatrist Velimir Petkov said that you should keep your laundry separate if you live with a key worker and added that key workers should avoid letting their clothes come into contact with bedding or sheets after their shifts.
He also said it was important to note that most hospitals wash reusable sheets at 70C and that where possible people should be washing their items at higher temperatures.
New York dermatologist Hadley King pointed out that it was important to focus on cleaning yourself when you arrive home in order to stop germs spreading onto your other items, such as bedding.
"I think this makes more sense than focusing only on bed linens. This may mean more showers, more hair washing and more changing clothes and washing "outside clothes" more often, but it will help keep you, your home and your bed clean", she said.
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