Does wearing disposable gloves help prevent coronavirus?

14th April 2020

There are now more than 1.8 million confirmed cases of coronavirus across the world. The continuous rise in the number of positive cases has caused the general public to go for more extreme measures to reduce their risk of contracting the virus. When the news broke about the fast spread of COVID-19 in different countries, face masks were sold out in stores. Surface disinfectants and hand sanitisers flew off the shelves and cleaning products were nowhere to be found.

Currently, disposable gloves are highly sought after by those who wish to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. There’s a high demand for this product as more consumers wear gloves in public to avoid touching potentially infected surfaces.

Wearing gloves in public places like the supermarket

If disposable gloves remind you not to touch your face when you’re in a public setting then feel free to wear them whenever you go out. However, don’t forget to avoid touching your face if you are wearing one. Additionally, always remember that social distancing and washing your hands right away when you return home remains to be one of the most effective ways of preventing the spread of the virus.

Medical experts say that a lot of people tend to forget that the disposable gloves they’re wearing can serve as a vehicle for germs, allowing it to travel somewhere else like to your car’s steering wheel, your wallet, and even your phone.

But that doesn’t mean there’s no way for you to prevent that from happening. You just have to dispose of the gloves as soon as you leave the shop and use hand sanitiser. It’s also recommended to keep the disposable gloves on if you’re using public transport. But remember, don’t touch your face! On the other hand, if you have your own car, you can just toss the gloves and use hand sanitiser before getting into your car. It’s also recommended to disinfect all the surfaces you always touch like the interior of your car, your phone, and so on.

The proper way of taking disposable gloves off

Some medical experts advise against the use of disposable gloves because many consumers don’t know how to take them off properly. In many instances, people expose their hands to the disposable gloves’ exterior when trying to remove them. After removing, they assume their hands are still clean and forget to wash their hands.

You should wash your hands, especially after removing your disposable gloves. If there’s no sink near you then you should use hand sanitiser instead. This will help you reduce your risk of getting infected until you’re able to wash your hands properly.

What’s the right way of removing disposable gloves?

  1. Pinch the outer part of your first glove at the wrist while not touching your skin.
  2. Pull the glove away from your hand. Try not to rip the disposable gloves as you peel it inside out.
  3. Continue holding the disposable gloves you’ve just removed on your other hand. Remember, you shouldn’t touch it with your bare and free hand.
  4. Peel the other glove inside out again but this time, pinch the inner part of the glove on near your wrist. Pull it off and make sure that you don’t touch the exterior part of the glove.
  5. Once you’ve peeled off the second glove, the first glove should be left inside the second one. Dispose of the gloves in the trash right away.

Medical professionals have made no recommendations about using disposable gloves to prevent the spread of the virus. However, they do suggest that people wear them especially when they are caring for someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. They should wear disposable gloves when handling the infected person’s laundry and when coming into contact with any bodily fluids.

Tips for reducing coronavirus risk

Handwashing with soap and water for 20 seconds or more is one of the best ways of reducing your coronavirus risk. In case water and soap aren’t readily available, you can always use hand sanitisers. Plus, you should be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth especially when you are in public.

Other expert-approved tips include avoiding close contact with people who may be sick, covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing, and disinfecting all surfaces and objects that you touch frequently.

Don’t travel to areas with an active COVID-19 outbreak if you don’t have to. You should also consult your doctor if you notice that you’re developing symptoms within 14 days since returning from a country with a coronavirus outbreak. If you are developing flu-like symptoms, it’s best to stay at home. Additionally, get timely updates from the website of your local health department.

Proper disposal is a must

People across the globe are doing what they can to protect themselves and prevent the spread of the virus. They turn to face masks and disposable gloves but these temporary solutions could lead to a bigger problem, which is potentially contaminated litter.

Used masks and gloves have potentially touched contaminated items and surfaces. They present a health risk to those tasked with cleaning polluted streets. Be considerate and dispose of your used face masks and disposable gloves in the suitable way.