To glove or not to glove? Is it safer for you to wear gloves while grocery shopping during the pandemic?
“Gloves do offer protection – particularly in healthcare environments where they are used for patient care; they must be worn and disposed of in a correct, safe manner,” Dr. Stovall says. “Wearing gloves in the community in situations where gloves are not commonly worn can give you a false sense of security. You could end up touching whatever you wish, including your face, and risk contaminating yourself.
“You may also need to wear them in a home environment if you are providing medical care to someone who is ill.”
Dr. Stovall says that gloves should not be reused. “Disposable gloves are just that,” she says. “Wear them once and that’s it.”
She also stresses that wearing gloves is not a substitute for cleaning your hands.
“Your hands can still get contaminated while wearing or removing your gloves,” she says. “Clean your hands before putting gloves on and after throwing away your gloves to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
Some of the confusion about gloves centers around what to do after you've gone shopping to avoid cross-contamination. So when you are ready to remove your gloves, follow these steps:
For a good visual of the list above, check out this graphic from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).