Fox News   |   May 27, 2020   |   By: David Aaro

WEAR GLOVES OR WASH HANDS TO AVOID CORONAVIRUS?

So what's better: wearing gloves, or washing your hands?

The CDC still lists frequent hand washing as the better option to prevent getting the virus, even with the possibility of catching the virus after touching surfaces. In fact, the agency only recommends wearing gloves "when you are cleaning or caring for someone who is sick."

(Direct link to CDC's COVID-19 recommendation for "When to wear gloves")

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/gloves.html

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The Sacramento Bee   |   March 12, 2020   |   By: Don Sweeney

CAN WEARING GLOVES HELP PREVENT CORONAVIRUS?

Medical experts advise against wearing surgical masks to protect yourself against coronavirus, but what about disposable latex or latex-free gloves?

It turns out gloves aren’t a good idea, either, in spite of the fact that the COVID-19 virus may spread by contact with infected surfaces, experts say on the Today show.

“I don’t think they’re going to do anything but give people a false sense of security, waste time and create more demand for something that’s unnecessary, just like masks,” said Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Today reported.

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Prevention   |   March 11, 2020   |   By: Korin Miller

DOES WEARING DISPOSABLE GLOVES REDUCE CORONAVIRUS RISK?

There are now thousands of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in the United States, and the general public is resorting to more extreme measures in an effort to avoid getting sick. Face masks quickly sold out in stores when the newly-discovered virus, which causes the illness known as COVID-19, first hit the U.S. Hand sanitizer is nowhere to be found and cleaning products are flying off the shelves.

Now, there’s a new hot ticket item: disposable gloves. Photos out of densely-populated areas, such as New York City, have documented people wearing gloves in public to avoid touching potentially germy surfaces.

But is wearing disposable gloves in your daily life really an effective way to reduce your COVID-19 risk? We asked infectious disease experts to weigh in.

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