18 Apparently Harmless Habits That Increase Your Coronavirus Risk

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Not changing your bedsheets frequent enough

Since the coronavirus entered our lives, researchers and health experts have warned the population about the fact that the virus can live on some surfaces for up to several days. It is therefore extremely important to wash and sanitize everything that we come in contact with. This is also valid when it comes to bedsheets.

If your laundry routine consisted of changing and washing your bedsheets once a week, you might want to reconsider it. “People who do laundry every 1-2 weeks for sheets and towels should try to wash at least 2-3 times a week,” Patel says.


Leaving your toothbrush on the bathroom countertop

The coronavirus has been found to last the longest on plastic surfaces, namely 2-3 days. Guess what personal item that you use every day is made of plastic? Your toothbrush!

According to Henry Hackney, DMD, director of content at Authority Dental, “toothbrushes may have saliva or blood on them and have been shown to transmit viruses.” Hackney suggests placing your toothbrush in an upright position instead of flat against a sink or countertop. More than that, your toothbrush should be at least a few inches apart from those belonging to other family members.

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