Although there is no concrete evidence to suggest that you can be infected through your clothing, scientists have run tests that show that a virus can survive on non-porous surfaces for up to 24 hours.
Textiles used to make the clothing that we wear in our everyday lives are made from porous fabrics which could have a higher chance of harbouring a virus than materials such as steel and plastic.
A statement made by Dr Weatherhead, assistant professor of paediatrics specialising in tropical medicine and infectious diseases at Baylor College of Medicine, said that “it is possible for you to contract a virus through your clothing if your hand, face, eyes or mouth touches the piece of clothing that has been contaminated by the virus”.
If you take into consideration the above statement, it would be wise to avoid fabrics with a high polyester content. Wash your clothing regularly and avoid using your sleeves when opening doors or touching public surfaces. By doing so, you will reduce the chances of becoming contaminated through your clothing.
An obvious choice for a protective item of clothing has to be the mask. If appropriately used, a mask can protect you and the public. So why not make it fashionable as well?
By buying a reusable mask, you will not only be helping yourself but also the environment. Washable marks are easy to use and effective. Many places now require you to wear a mask, so you might as well invest in a few so that you can rotate them according to your outfit of the day.
There are, however, a few items of clothing that you will find help reduce the risk of being infected when interacting with the outside world but will still keep you looking cool and stylish.
Hype Accessories Face Masks 3x Animal Print (£24.99)
Hype makes it so easy to be safe and stylish. Why not browse a variety of designs? The funky fabrics provide you with enough layers so that you and your peers stay safe. The masks are machine-washable and 100% reusable. You’re bound to find a design that suits you and your outfit on their site.
Little Blue House by Hatley Face Masks (£6.67)
A popular brand for face masks for the entire family: they have various sizes and designs for both adults and children. The mask is double layered and protects against any possible contamination. The mask is 97% cotton and 3% elastane and machine-wash friendly. Why not get matching masks for you and the whole family?
Levi’s Reusable Bandana Face Covering Mask (Pack of 3)
Levi’s have joined in and created a classic, and simple bandana print is on-trend and highly effective. You can trust that the quality will be excellent as Levi’s are well known for their jeans so that the masks will be fantastic. They come in packs of 3, so you’ll always have a mask to hand.
Don’t fancy a mask, what about a beautiful silk scarf?
Lorenzo Cana Italian Scarf Pashmina (£48.53)
A scarf is always a handy item of clothing to have in your handbag. It is both stylish and beneficial. It has several uses, from being a shawl headscarf and, most importantly, during current times, a mask for when you find yourself caught in an overcrowded situation. This scarf is made of 50% wool and 50% silk and comes in a variety of gorgeous patterns that will keep you stylish and safe.
GSG Ladies Winter Leather Gloves (£19.99)
These gloves are perfect all-rounders. They’re easy to clean with a simple disinfectant wipe and can be used all the time. They’re touch-screen friendly and are lined, these authentic sheepskin leather, these gloves will keep you safe and stylish.
The stylish design and quality materials will make this an investment worth making. Browse a variety of designs created by craftsmen.
Purdy & Figg Hand Sanitiser Spray with Pure Essential Oils (£5.99)
While not clothing, we couldn’t finish this article without mentioning hand sanitise. The most effective but luxurious sanitiser on the market comes from Purdy and Figg. This British brand which also makes beautiful candles and body lotions, makes a gorgeous smelling hand sanitiser that is organic and kind to the skin.
Purdy and Figg make such a lovely product they got a mention in the Sunday Times Style Magazine recently, a better recommendation of their product doesn’t better than that.
So let’s stay stylish while we ‘Stay Alert’ and accept that these are unusual times and that we must wear the appreciate clothes and accessories to keep ourselves and each other safe.