Shoe soles as a vector for pathogen transmission

Added June 2, 2020

Citation: Rashid T, VonVille HM, Hasan I, et al. Shoe soles as a potential vector for pathogen transmission: a systematic review. Journal of applied microbiology. 2016 Nov;121(5):1223-31.

What is this? Preventing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic requires reliable information on how the SARS-CoV-2 virus might be transmitted from person to person. Existing research on shoe soles as possible vectors for infectious diseases may provide useful information for policy makers.

In this systematic review, the authors searched for studies that examined the microbiological contamination of shoe soles and the effects of disinfectants on shoe soles, in hospital or in the community. They restricted their searches to articles published in English and did the search in December 2015. They included 13 studies relevant to the contamination of shoe surfaces and 15 studies of disinfection.

What was found: Shoe soles are a vector for infectious pathogens, in healthcare and community settings.

The review did not identify an effective decontamination strategy for shoe soles.


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