Is Leather our enemy at this time?

Mar 20, 2020,06:08 AM

I'm no scientist, so if someone with the proper credentials can guide us, it may be helpful.

Due to the virus situation, our household now wears only all Stainless Steel bracelet watches that we can wash well with soap.  I take my showers with mine.

I feel that Leather bands may be a gathering place for virus accumulation.  All the sweat and organic material seems to be a risk to me.

Maybe I'm crazy.  Maybe not.

Stay safe out there.


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It’s a fair question...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : March 20th, 2020-06:12
Any material can harbour germs however silver has antibacterial properties. Stainless steel would be easier to sanitise.

The are of skin below any rings that you may wear may also

 By: Thomas_3 : March 20th, 2020-06:19
be considered a "gathering place". Wash completely everyone.

Kinda not really

 By: Fastwong : March 20th, 2020-07:26
What's good for bacteria and viruses are different. For bacteria we are trying to reduce growth but viruses are basically inert and the goal is to reduce their longevity. For example, in the kitchen most bacteria would prefer to be on a nice room temp pie... 

Quite on the contrary!

 By: Stylophile : March 20th, 2020-07:29
Steel has been shown to harbor the virus longest!!

It seems to go both ways... a conundrum of sorts... hard surfaces vs. more porous ones...

 By: HighEndOne : March 20th, 2020-07:33
Thanks for all the replies. I can really wash the steel watches, but the strap watches we have don't know how to swim. LOL I'll stick with the steel models for the time being. HEO

Wearing this one; easily disinfectable

 By: Stylophile : March 20th, 2020-08:13
Doctors watch ...  

:-))) [nt]

 By: FabR : March 20th, 2020-15:14

ROFL [nt]

 By: nwk00 : June 14th, 2020-09:50

Great question, i say that if we get ill, its not because of our watch.

 By: Reuven Malter : March 20th, 2020-09:26
The local institute said some days ago that the contamination through air is much bigger a problem than contamination through touching things. However, its great to be able to wash the watch - so SS is my choice as well. But it would be enough to not touc... 

When I am in paramedic service ...

 By: Marcus Hanke : March 20th, 2020-10:39
... which I have to explain with a few words: In Austria, initial and basic life support, retrieval and transport is offered by professional as well as voluntary personnel with a training that is less elaborate and long than the paramedic training in the ...  

I believe you are correct

 By: TeutonicCarFan : March 20th, 2020-18:00
Many smart people can come up with analysis on how long virus lives on this or that surface. The point is that stainless is easier to clean and doing so does not tarnish the material (unlike soap and water on leather). Sure virus particle may stay reactiv... 

Yes it is

 By: Cookies : June 2nd, 2020-09:05
On a microscopic level, leather has a large surface area that can trap things (like a fishing net). This includes microbes like bacteria, archaea, fungus and viruses etc. Next, leather is biodegradable, and theoretically speaking, leather is constantly be...