To Glove or Not to Glove?

Info from the Board of Health

(READING, MA- April 23, 2020) – As your local Board of Health, we want to inform the public of best practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to keep it quick, simple, yet effective information.

We have had a lot of issues with improper discarding of medical gloves on the ground in public places. So, we wanted to touch on when you need to wear gloves and why it’s not always the best practice to do so in the public.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends you wear gloves while caring for anyone who has tested positive for the Coronavirus. It does not however, suggest wearing gloves in public as the best way to prevent contracting the virus. So let’s take a quick look at what the CDC does recommend you do to protect yourself and other, click here: CDC- How to Protect Yourself and Others.

We understand wearing gloves gives you a feeling of protection, but here are a couple of things to consider:

  • Supplies of PPE are critical to the medical community right now and supplies are low. Let’s make sure they get the supplies they need.
  • It gives a false sense of security to the person wearing them, you can still get infected while wearing gloves by touching your face, your credit cards, car keys, etc.

Not going out in public is the best protection for yourself and others, but if you do need to go out for essentials the CDC recommends:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face mask.
  • Use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) after leaving the store and/or after touching surfaces within the store like credit card check out devices.
  • When you get home, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. CDC-When and How to Wash Your Hands.

If you are caring for someone with the virus and must wear gloves, follow the CDC instructional graphic for proper removal and disposal: Link to Graphic Below

CDC Guidance on Gloves

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