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Should you wear gloves while out in public?

While it is strongly advised to wear cloth masks when out in public, wearing gloves is not recommended. Both the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have strongly advised against the practice, warning that doing so may do more harm than good. Indeed, gloves present as much of a risk of cross-contamination as not wearing gloves.

When should you use gloves?

According to the CDC, wearing gloves should be reserved to cleaning your house and when caring for someone who is sick. In such situations, you should follow the following:

  • Do wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after wearing gloves
  • Don’t touch your face while wearing gloves
  • Do take your time to take off your gloves
  • Don’t touch things you don’t need to
  • Do change gloves often
  • Don’t touch your personal belongings while wearing gloves
  • Do put your gloves in a plastic bag and throw them in a closed bin
  • Don’t forget other preventative measures such as social distancing, wearing a mask and frequent hand washing.

Click here for instructions from the CDC on how to remove rubber gloves.