Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Wear Gloves To The Market

Customer Wipes Down Handles of Grocery Cart

Customer Wipes Down Handles of Grocery Cart

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Wear Gloves To The Market

April 02, 2020

The Bottom Line:

  • Most people are wearing gloves to the market these days
  • Microbiologist Kelly Reynolds, Ph.D. tells “Men’s Health” wearing gloves “could be causing a lot more harm than good”
  • The virus doesn’t go through the hands so you don’t need that barrier, plus it gives people a false sense of security and most folks don’t take them off properly
  • Source:Men’s Health

These days, if you go to the supermarket you’re likely to see most people wearing gloves. But are they really keeping you protected from the coronavirus? Well, according to a new report, not really.

Microbiologist Kelly Reynolds, Ph.D., director of the environment, exposure science and risk assessment center at the University of Arizona, tells “Men’s Health” wearing gloves “could be causing a lot more harm than good.”

Here’s why:

  • You don’t need them- Since the virus doesn’t enter through your hands, you don’t need the barrier. You’re just as likely to contaminate another surface if you touch a contaminated product with gloves on as if you did it with your hands. The contaminant may even adhere to the gloves more than your skin, and you could easily get it off your hands by washing them.
  • It gives you a false sense of security– Wearing gloves may cause people to not wash their hands as much, which isn’t good. Plus, if you wear them on more than one errand you’re just spreading germs from one place to another.
  • Most people don’t take gloves off right– If you don’t pull your gloves off properly, you’re likely to just transfer all those germs you accumulated on to your hands.for the proper way to do so. Also if you don’t dispose of them properly, you’re probably spreading more germs, and risk contaminating yourself. 

Source:Men’s Health

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