Q: Could I be carrying the coronavirus on the bottom of my shoes? A: So far, one small study has found evidence that the 2019 novel coronavirus can be carried on shoes. However, it is very unlikely that this is a major way that the virus is transmitted. The researchers who did the study swabbed several surfaces at a hospital in Wuhan, China, in units where COVID-19 patients were being cared for. They found genetic material from the coronavirus on half of the samples they took from the bottoms of medical workers’ shoes. They also found evidence of the virus on floors, including areas beyond where COVID-19 patients were being treated.