Most people want to do their part in ending this pandemic, such as wearing masks and social distancing. To prevent the spread many people have worn gloves while grocery shopping or running other errands, but this may not actually be helpful. The CDC recommends people wear gloves when they are cleaning or caring for a sick person, but they do not recommend the average person wear them when out in public. Wearing gloves when grocery shopping for example, will not necessarily prevent you from getting Covid-19. Instead of wearing gloves in public, the CDC recommends you wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. These solutions are much better options because gloves give people a false sense of security, and it is likely people neglect the necessary hand hygiene when wearing them. The virus can transfer to gloves from a surface just as easily as it can transfer to someone’s fingers. People may not worry as much about not touching their face while wearing gloves but touching your mouth or nose with gloves on infects people just as much as touching your mouth or nose without gloves on. When people wear gloves, they also usually take them off the wrong way. This can lead to more infections. If you are in a position where you should wear gloves, there is an image at the bottom that displays how to correctly take them off.
The CDC recommends people wear gloves when they are cleaning or caring for someone who is sick. While cleaning you should have good ventilation and wash your hands after disposing of gloves. When caring for a sick person make sure to clean and disinfect the area and wear gloves when in contact with any bodily fluids. In any situation you must dispose of the gloves after use, never reuse them.
There are these few situations where the CDC recommends you wear gloves, but the average person going out in public should not worry about it. Instead you should socially distance, wear a mask, limit the items you touch, don’t touch your face or phone, and make sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.