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Since state-imposed coronavirus closures are slowly ending in the United States, an important factor remains the best way to prevent catching the virus or spreading it to others – if you decide to venture into them public spaces.
The virus is currently known to spread mainly from person-to-person in close contact through respiratory droplets in the air, however, a March study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), CDC, UCLA and scientists from the Princeton University has revealed that the virus can remain infectious in droplets in the air for hours and on the surface for days.
This study led many people to wear gloves when shopping at their local supermarket. The CDC has even created a subsection on its website called “Spread of contact with contaminated surfaces or objects”, which has since been deleted. The potential spread of surfaces has since been added in a new subsection titled “The virus does not spread easily by other means”.
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Although archived and current pages note that “it is not considered to be the primary means of spreading the virus,” this does not mean that you cannot catch the virus from surfaces.
“It is possible for someone to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object infected with the virus and then touching their mouth, nose or possibly eyes,” the agency added.
So what could be better: wear gloves or wash your hands?
The CDC still cites frequent hand washing as the best option for avoiding catching the virus, even with the possibility of catching the virus after touching surfaces. In fact, the agency only recommends wearing gloves “when you are cleaning or caring for someone who is sick.”
“In most other situations, like shopping, you don’t have to wear gloves,” the agency added.
The CDC says to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place. They also recommend doing it after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
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If you don’t have soap nearby, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol is the second best option, they said.
Dr. David Cennimo, an infectious disease specialist and a teacher at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, also recommends washing hands rather than wearing gloves when asked which option is best.
” Wash your hands. While there is no definitive data confirming that hand washing is necessarily better, gloves are just as contaminated as a person’s hands, “Cennimo told NJ.com. “If someone wears gloves for long periods of time and touches their face or other surfaces with the gloves, they are not helping themselves at all. Therefore, washing your hands or wearing a hand sanitizer is an easier and more sensible solution. “
DR. SIEGEL: WHY WEAR GLOVES AT THE GROCERY STORE IS NOT NECESSARILY A GOOD IDEA
Fox News contributor Dr. Marc Siegel echoed these feelings when he said in late March that he preferred constant hand sanitization and washing rather than wearing gloves for safety during coronavirus epidemic.
“Gloves accumulate germs, gloves accumulate viruses,” Siegel told “Fox & Friends” when he answered a spectator’s question about the need to wear gloves at the grocery store.
“You won’t even notice when you touch something, you have it on your gloves, then you put it on your face, and then you can get infected,” he said. “You can’t change them enough to make a difference so I vote ‘no’ on that one. Yes, on hand washing. “
Even with the agency’s idea that surfaces are not the primary means of spreading the virus compared to person-to-person spread, the CDC still recommends cleaning and disinfecting frequently affected areas daily.
“It includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, counters, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks,” the agency said.
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In addition to washing their hands, everyone should also wear a cloth face cover when going out in public to places like the grocery store when picking up necessities, the CDC added.
Joshua Nelson and Madeline Farber of Fox News contributed to this report