Clinicians’ instructions include tips on wearing gloves that fit well, changing them often, removing them safely, disposing of them properly, and washing your hands after. Suzanne Willard, a nurse clinician and professor in Rutgers’ School of Nursing, also cautions that gloves can decrease an individual’s mindfulness about touching (or, not touching) things.

If you’ve entered a grocery store recently, you’ve probably seen shoppers donning gloves — or maybe you’ve even begun wearing them yourself — as a safeguard against the novel coronavirus. But like any protective covering, they won’t necessarily keep you safe if you’re not using them correctly. Think about them as condoms for your hands, except with a significantly higher error rate. In other words, those rubber gloves won’t do anything if you’re using them wrong.  To read the full article.