Gloves, comes around the WHO: 'Do not use them even in the supermarket, they increase the risk of infections'

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“WHO does not recommend the use of gloves by people in the community. The use of gloves can increase the risk of infection "

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“WHO does not recommend the use of gloves by people in the community. The use of gloves can increase the risk of infection, since it can lead to self-contamination or transmission to others when touching contaminated surfaces and therefore the face ”. To say it is theWorld Health Organization (WHO), in a section of its website with questions and answers on the use of masks and gloves in the face of the coronavirus emergency.





Gloves yes, gloves no. It seems like a never ending story about the contagion prevention measures. In recent days, the Portuguese Directorate General of Health had expressed itself in this sense, which explained precisely that the inappropriate use of gloves can even be a vehicle for the transmission of the coronavirus. The Istituto Superiore di Sanità also intervened that gloves are necessary for the personnel assigned to cleaning, catering or the food trade and in the case of hospital or home care for the sick. Without forgetting correct hand hygiene and frequent replacement.

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Now the WHO explains that: “The use of gloves by the public in public spaces is not a recommended or proven preventive measure. Wearing gloves in public spaces does not replace the need for hand hygiene, nor does it offer any additional measure of protection against the COVID-19 virus over hand hygiene. Gloves do not offer complete protection against hand contamination, as pathogens can access the hands through minor defects in the gloves or from hand contamination when removing the gloves. People can also transfer pathogens from one surface to another by touching with gloved hands or even transferring pathogens to the mouth, nose or eyes if they touch the face with gloved hands. " It's still:

“Therefore, in public places such as supermarkets, in addition to physical spacing, WHO recommends installing hand sanitizing gel dispensers at the entrance and exit. By extensively improving hand hygiene practices, countries can help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus ".

Source: World Health Organization



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