Experts: Washing Hands is More Important than Wearing Gloves

Authors: Go Chengdu

2020-02-21

Remember to wear masks and gloves and wash hands frequently, but it is usually not necessary to wear gloves when you stay at home.
The main routes of transmission of COVID-19 are by respiratory droplets and direct/indirect contact.
In daily life, our hands may have indirect contact with infected articles and areas such as buttons in the elevator, door handles, bus, metro or public toilets, and you are at risk if you touched your eyes, mouth and nose with the contaminated hands. Remember to wear masks and gloves and wash hands frequently, but it is usually not necessary to wear gloves when you stay at home.
Tips on wearing gloves:
1. Rubber gloves should be worn when using disinfections;
2. Cotton gloves and leather gloves, etc. should be worn for cold protection;
3. Cotton yarn gloves, cloth gloves, and canvas gloves are used to prevent hand skin dryness, skin cracking, and injury;
4. Disposable plastic gloves are often used in situations where it is not convenient to wash your hands, i.e. when you are eating while traveling.

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