For many, one of the best ways to avoid transmission of the coronavirus is to make use of gloves, as they cover our hands and protect us when we touch surfaces that could be exposed to the virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that COVID-19 transmission through direct contact is rare, whereas respiratory droplets are more prevalent; therefore, non-healthcare workers are asked to wear gloves when going outside.
For those who are into wearing gloves anyway, here are some of the critical points regarding their usage during this pandemic.
Starting from the basics!
When to wear gloves
As far as the general public is concerned, the CDC recommends wearing gloves when cleaning or caring for someone who is sick, primarily looking after COVID-19 patients.
For running errands, gloves are not necessary. Instead, observe everyday preventive actions like wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, keep social distance (at least 6 feet) from others, and wearing a face mask when to go out in public.
For routine cleaning and disinfecting your home, follow this list of precautions.
- Read the disinfectant product label carefully
- wear gloves (reusable or disposable)
- Having proper ventilation – turn on a fan or open a window into the room that is being cleaned.
- Wash hands after removing the gloves.
If you are caring for COVID-19 patient or someone who is sick, at home or in a non-healthcare setting…
- Use disposable gloves to clean and disinfect the area around the patient or the related surfaces, especially the ones that are in frequent use; like, such as light switches, doorknobs, desks, toilets, and handles faucets, sinks, and electronic devices.
- After using, throw disposable gloves in a lined trash can. Do not disinfect or reuse them.
- Don’t avoid using disposable gloves when touching or having contact with stool, blood, or any other body fluids – mucus, saliva, vomit, and urine.
- Wash hands after you have removed the gloves.
Gloves not needed when… Using an ATM or using a shopping cart or using – this will not necessarily protect you from getting affected but still play a role in the spread of germs.
The best way to protect from germs when running errands is to keep your hands clean either by washing them regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds or holding the hand sanitizer or sanitizing spray with at least 60% alcohol and use it often.
Gloves in the workplace
Guidelines and recommendations for gloves and their usage in healthcare and related work settings differ from those recommended for the general public.
Some Do’s and Don’ts
- Wash hands before and after wearing gloves
- Wearing gloves is necessary when taking care of a sick person, and their dirty laundry
- Discard your gloves and wash your hands thoroughly.
- Don’t choose the wrong gloves – medical staff should use rubber gloves, as they remove quickly and work best in health care facilities compared to others.
- Avoid touching your face while wearing gloves – as the traces of the virus stick to the gloves, making it at high risk of getting contaminated if you feel your face.
- Don’t second-hand your personal hygiene – Practice physical distancing even if you’re wearing gloves.
Hand Gloves Removal Hint: According to the CDC, the proper way to take off the gloves is to slip your fingers into the second glove and invert it inside out while slowly releasing it from one hand to another.