"It is easy to pick up germs on fabrics like scarves and gloves, and they can live on those fabrics for as long as 90 days or more," TriHealth Infection Prevention Officer Carolyn Fiutem, MSOL, CIC, FAPIC, says. Some germs live only for a few minutes while others can live for months and years, Fiutem adds. So, it's good to be cautious about where you put your hands, gloves or scarf.
To further protect yourself, disinfect daily any surfaces frequently touched, such as doorknobs, drawer handles, phones and computer keyboards. Use Clorox wipes for hard surfaces or a 1:10 bleach/water solution for highly infectious situations.