In supermarket, in everyday life: more and more people are taking various measures to protect themselves. Wear not only a mask, but also disposable gloves to protect yourself from highly contagious SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The gloves were sold out in a few weeks in many pharmacies around world.
The obvious way to avoid contracting this disease is to use disposable gloves. After all, infection with coronavirus can occur not only through “respiratory” infection, that is, when someone next to you coughs or sneezes, but also through “aerosol” infection, or even “contact” infection. In latter case, if you touch something where pathogen is located, virus will fall on your hands. If your hands touch your face, eyes, nose, or mouth, virus can enter your body and cause an infection.So, are disposable gloves absolutely safe? The answer is no! Explanation 1: Porous materials
Although doctors and nursing staff wear disposable gloves during procedures, they only protect hands from contamination by certain substances, such as blood or other bodily fluids. They protect against bacterial and viral infections only for a short period of time.
This is because material of disposable gloves is actually porous, and longer you wear them, easier it is for pathogens to penetrate so-called shield. This is one of reasons why medical personnel thoroughly wash and disinfect their hands after using disposable gloves. Disposable gloves obviously cannot replace these hygiene rules.Explanation 2: Anti-counterfeit protection
Disposable gloves made of vinyl, latex, or nitrile can give impression of "contraception," but that sense of security can be very deceptive. Many people are more careful not to touch their face when shopping with disposable gloves - but this can happen by accident, and once it touches mucous membrane, then disposable glove becomes a "source of infection" at that time, even if you take phone or wear disposable gloves, you can still spread pathogen over a large area without noticing it. This transmission was independent of whether gloves were worn or not.Explanation 3: Wearing gloves for long periods of time is more likely to "cause" bacteria
For these reasons, doctors not only urgently warn of this deceptive sense of security, but also point out that disposable gloves may even increase risk of infection. This is due to fact that under disposable gloves, skin can sweat very quickly. This warm, humid climate is an ideal environment for bacteria and viruses of all kinds.
Dr. Mark Hannafield tweeted and Facebook: "Don't wear medical gloves in public! Bacteria thrive under gloves in warm, humid environments."
Psychotherapist Dr. Jens Mathews has a similar point of view. In a radio interview with German public broadcaster SWR 3, he called disposable gloves a "germ killer" for coronavirus. According to him, not only did they not provide any protection, but even backfired. In a short period of time, disposable gloves can accumulate far more bacteria on surface than freshly washed hands, Matthews says.
Scientist Jacqueline Gill also posted a very descriptive description on social media explaining how to properly use disposable gloves and risks associated with their misuse.Proper disposal --- trilogy
To protect yourself from coronavirus, you should follow already familiar protection and hygiene measures and avoid use of disposable gloves.
So stick to trilogy: wash your hands thoroughly with soap, keep your distance and stay at home!
Anyone who uses disposable gloves should dispose of them properly after they are removed, and not throw them away accidentally, as is often case nowadays. Throwing away old disposable gloves thoughtlessly or deliberately leaving them in shopping cart is careless and antisocial. The Robert Koch Institute, Germany's federal agency for disease control and prevention, recommends disposing of them in same way as face masks: in sealed bags in non-recyclable trash cans.