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Does wearing gloves protect against or stop the spread of COVID-19?

Does wearing gloves protect against or stop the spread of COVID-19?

No.

Gloves can only prevent infection if you don’t touch your face with your gloved hands, and only if you take off and dispose of the gloves correctly before washing your hands.

You can still transfer the novel coronavirus to your face and other surfaces if you’re wearing gloves.

Touching your face and surfaces with dirty gloves defeats the whole purpose of wearing gloves.

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Image credit: Nigeria Health Watch

Please note:

Gloves give a false sense of protection against COVID-19. Regular handwashing with soap and running water offers more protection than wearing gloves.

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Image credit: Nigeria Health Watch

If you must wear gloves (when cleaning, caring for a sick person etc), here are some dos and don’ts regarding their usage during COVID-19.

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