Coronavirus, All In The Hands: Hand Hygiene and Glove Usage

Hand hygiene has never been more crucial than it is today. Global and local authorities have been stressing on the need to wash and clean our hands to stem COVID-19 and it’s vital to do it right.

When To Wash Up

According to the UNICEF, in the current scenario, you should wash your hands :

  • After coughing/sneezing, blowing your nose, or handling contaminated tissue 
  • After visiting a public place
  • After handling or touching things or surfaces outside
  • After interacting with or caring for a sick person.

The CDC‘s general guidelines on washing hands continue to be relevant. Essentially, you should always wash your hands after any activity where they could be contaminated. This includes: 

  • Before, during, and after cooking food and before eating anything 
  • Before and after treating a cut/wound 
  • After using the toilet 
  • After helping someone who is unwell  
  • After changing a baby’s diapers 
  • After handling a pet/animal and/or their food/waste/toys
  • After touching garbage 

When To Use Gloves 

Gloves are another layer of safety for protection against the coronavirus, but are only needed in specific circumstances according to the CDC

How To Use Gloves Correctly 

Always get rid of disposable gloves after one use. Do not attempt to reuse or wash and reuse them. Safely remove your gloves in 3 steps: 

STEP 1: When you’re taking off your protective gear, start by removing the gloves and properly disposing of them first before removing anything else. 

STEP 2: Ensure these disposable gloves are kept in a closed lined container in which other contaminated items are also thrown. Dispose of them in this sealed bag and not mixed in with other household waste. 

STEP 3: Clean your hands thoroughly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Make sure you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Only then should you remove your facemask.