Why You Shouldn't Wear Gloves to the Store

Posted 4/20/2020 in Public Health

Brought to you by Delaware County Public Health

“While the thought of wearing gloves when out in public may bring you some comfort, it does NOT give you perfect protection against COVID-19,” shares Delma Hardin, Delaware County Public Health Coordinator.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the only time it is recommended to wear disposable gloves is when you are cleaning and disinfecting surfaces or if you are a healthcare worker or someone caring for a COVID-19 patient.

There are reasons why gloves aren’t always an effective protection measure outside of direct patient care. There could be a tear in the gloves or you could put them on or take them off incorrectly. However, the most important reason to not wear gloves is they give you a false sense of security - and you end up touching many things you shouldn’t, including your face, leading to self-contamination. Any germs that might be on your gloves can be transferred to all other surfaces and items you touch (such as those in your purse, etc.) In addition, there is a nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers, and this includes disposable gloves.

The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to simply stay home except for essential errands, stay 6 feet away from others when you must go out for those errands, wear a cloth mask when in public, and wash your hands before you go and when you return home.

For trusted information and updates related to COVID-19, residents are encouraged to visit regmedctr.org/covid-19, coronavirus.iowa.gov, idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus, or cdc.gov/coronavirus.