I’m honestly amazing that I’m even sitting down to write this post. I feel like it’s common sense on how to properly wear (and conduct yourself while wearing) protective gloves during this COVID-19 pandemic that’s happening, but apparently there are a lot of people out there that don’t understand how it works, and why we’re wearing them, and there are a lot of people out there that feel that if they have to wear them, they can just discard them anywhere they please.
I can’t tell you how infuriating it was for me to pull up to the grocery store this morning, which was pretty empty at 8am, and find tons and tons of discarded protective gloves all over the parking lot.
Seriously… there’s a garbage bag hanging up inside of the cart corrals… you should be bringing your cart over to the corral anyways, why not just take your gloves off at that point and discard them properly instead of being a degenerate and just throwing them on the ground…
It’s literally the simplest thing you can do when it comes to wearing gloves right now… even easier than actually taking them off the proper way (which I know a lot of people aren’t doing as well, but there are a million other videos and posts out there telling you how to do that, so I’m not going to waste my time).
So that’s the first thing I wanted to mention. When you’re done with your gloves, just put them in the freakin’ garbage can. Don’t throw them on the ground, don’t throw them in your pocket, don’t throw them in the backseat of your car… just take the extra 10 seconds and throw them in the trash. Don’t be like these people I saw at Mariano’s this morning just dumping them on the ground next to your car… someone is going to have to clean that stuff up, and if you’re sick, then there’s a chance you’re going to spread the disease unknowingly to someone.
How to Properly Interact With Things While Wearing Gloves
The first thing, and probably the most important thing, is that your gloves are a one-time use type of thing. You don’t want to be wearing the same pair of gloves to the grocery store, then getting in your car and driving to pick up lunch, and then driving to get your dry cleaning, or whatever other pointless errands you may be running while you’re supposed to be staying home (groceries and essentials are necessary, so not telling you to stay home for those). But after you go to the grocery store, put away your cart in the cart corral, take off your gloves and throw them away, then drive to wherever you need to go to next and put on a fresh pair of gloves before you enter that location.
The gloves serve no purpose if you’re just wearing them for an entire day. If you plan on doing that, you might as well just not wear the gloves and wash your hands regularly. The germs will still stay on the outside surfaces of the gloves, thus spreading them around wherever you wear them.
The second thing… just because you’re wearing gloves, doesn’t mean that it makes it safe to touch your face!
Think of the gloves as an extension of your hand, and do everything you would do with your hands, just with the gloves on. So if you wouldn’t touch your face with your hands, try not to touch your face with the gloves. If you wouldn’t want someone else touching all of the fruit or produce at the grocery store with their hands, and then putting it back on the display, then don’t think just because you have gloves on, that gives you the right to touch everything and put it back. Just use common sense, it’s not that hard.
Really, as long as you’re using common sense, trying not touch your face, and washing your hands more frequently than you normally would, I don’t think gloves are entirely necessary, but that’s just my opinion, and I’m pretty crazy when it comes to washing my hands these days. If you don’t feel like you’re washing your hands enough, or are in one of the groups that they say is more at risk, then gloves definitely can’t hurt, but as long as you’re washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, frequently, you should be ok.
But seriously, if you’re going to be wearing gloves when you leave the house, THROW THEM IN THE TRASH NOT ON THE GROUND!
I’m sure there are other tips out there for what to do when wearing gloves while running essential errands, but I was mostly just annoyed with the people that were throwing their gloves all over the parking lot this morning, so I wanted to vent a little bit.
Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy, INSIDE.