Alright, time for a little education. For all of you that are wearing surgical gloves but have no clue why this is for you! I will break this down Barney style for you (you know the big purple dinosaur of “I love, You love me, We’re a happy family”… fame), that Barney.
The gloves are not protecting your hands from COVID-19. It does not magically seep through your pores and into your bloodstream. You are supposed to be wearing gloves as protection from you touching something that may have been in contact with COVID-19 and passing that on to yourself, by introducing that contamination near an opening of your body, in the case of COVID-19, your respiratory system or mucus membranes.
Think of it as a game. If you are wearing gloves, then you touch a surface that may be contaminated and you touch your child, you’re out. If you’re wearing gloves, then you touch a surface that may be contaminated and you touch your phone, you’re out. If you are wearing gloves, then you touch a surface that may be contaminated and then start feeding your face, you’re out. If you are wearing the gloves, then you touch a surface that may be contaminated and itch your nose, you’re out. The gloves are just a replacement for washing your hands or using hand sanitizer. They are not this magical force field that will protect you from the virus.
Now I personally don’t care if you are improperly wearing gloves, that is entirely your choice, but I do care about what do you with them when you are finished.
When you finally remove the gloves from your nasty paws, you are supposed to remove them carefully and inside out, with one glove holding the other, and then dispose of them as hazardous waste, not in the Walmart parking lot like you do when you clean the empty beer bottles and burger wrappers out of your car.
It was just a few weeks ago, we had to teach some Americans how to wash their paws (I’m still amazed at how many of you were so clueless about that one), stay tuned for next week when society will have to teach you how to use all that TP you hoarded!