How Often Should We Be Cleaning Our Coats During The Pandemic?

Winter is a long way from being over–just ask the Groundhog. This has some people wondering if they should be cleaning their outwear more often than they used to. Fortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health experts generally agree that touching surfaces is “not thought to be a common way” for the coronavirus to spread, and that we’re much more likely to catch the bug from being in close contact with an infected person.

Peter Chin-Hong is an infectious disease doctor with the University of California and tells HuffPost that there’s basically no reason to be overly concerned with coat cleaning if you mainly just go out for necessities and you don’t work in a health care setting. So you can stick to the standard approach of cleaning coats only once or twice per season.