Wearing rubber gloves while shopping may not protect you from COVID-19

The coronavirus is spread by human contact. Many health experts across the country recommend...
The coronavirus is spread by human contact. Many health experts across the country recommend wearing Personal Protective equipment while at the grocery store to help slow the spread. But wearing gloves at the store causes cross-contamination unwillingly exposing your germs. <br />(WSAZ)
Published: Apr. 23, 2020 at 12:36 PM EDT
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The CDC continues to recommend wearing a cloth face cover when you're in public, to protect other people in case you are infected, but the CDC is not recommending wearing rubber gloves while shopping.

Some people are littering and throwing the used gloves on the ground of a parking lot instead of throwing them away properly.

Experts say

"The rubber gloves should be spared for the medical professionals at this point," said Kate Beer, the health officer and administrator for the Western U.P. Health Department. "Hand washing is a better practice to get into rather than wearing the gloves. People need to understand that there's a protocol with PPE. There's a protocol with transferring infections."

Research shows the virus primarily spreads through our mouth, not our hands. There's no evidence that gloves do anything to protect you from picking up the illness.

, but please don't litter, as the waste from the gloves could end up in sewers and eventually bodies of water.