Do Gloves Help with Coronavirus? Gloves for Coronavirus
I think we are all a just a little bit worried about catching coronavirus....just a little bit?
NO. A lot a bit. Nobody wants to get sick. The symptoms of the coronavirus in humans are not pretty. Do gloves help with coronavirus? There are a lot of different sources for information out there regarding coronavirus- but here at Just Viral Safety/RMA Medical Group we are taking the much needed time to clear up some of your questions. Some of the questions we get from many of our customers are: Do gloves help with COVID-19? What are the right gloves for corona virus?
Do Gloves Help with Coronavirus?
The CDC put out some guidelines on when and where you should wear gloves for coronavirus. They are not too specific but basically, if you're running errands you probably don't need gloves. Now they said it's "not necessary in most situations" - which is fair enough.
Generally speaking, gloves do help with the spread of disease and germs so long as you are using them as intended in a sterile manner- which means not touching your face or other surfaces with the same glove.
Ever notice the clerk in a 7-11 wearing gloves when he is preparing food or handling money? Sometimes- it does more harm than good because if he touches the food and then the money with the same gloves, then goes back to the food- he may has well take the gloves off- once contaminated they are basically the same as your hands.
The safest thing to always do - is what all doctors and professionals are generally required to do- wash your hands!
So no gloves? Well.. not so fast.
Maybe not in the food store because again you are touching a million different things- including your face etc. they just aren't as effective in an environment like that.
The places you may find gloves help with coronavirus:
- Schools and Universities
- Food Preparation
- Grocery Stores (Employees)
BUT- Medical or protective gloves, when used consistent with labeling and best practices, are sometimes necessary and valuable. Depending on the industry you are in, or the activity you're participating in, gloves sometimes are very necessary. When I worked in a paint store- we used vinyl gloves all the time. BUT- they were terrible! They were hypoallergenic which is fine- but they didn't fit well and were slippery. They didn't have that tight fit of latex or nitrile.
Not all gloves are created equal.
What Kind of Gloves Should You Use?
There are many different types of protective gloves. There is a breakdown of the differences between gloves for coronavirus.
- Latex- were always the most popular.
- Not Hypoallergenic (many people have latex allergies)
- Comfortable/tight fitting
- Some touch sensitivity
- Vinyl- were the replacement for latex for those with allergies
- Inexpensive to manufacture
- Made from PVC (petroleum plastic that is debatably unsafe)
- Terrible environmental impact
- When stretched the integrity of the surface is compromised
Nitrile- the BEST alternative to latex
- Durable and chemical resistant
- Puncture resistant
When choosing gloves for coronavirus or ANY other application generally Nitrile is the BEST choice. We searched far and wide for the ones we thought were the best.
Tiger Grip Powder Free Nitrile Gloves are just simply awesome. We have tried and used many different types of gloves. But- these gloves are strong, comfortable and have a grip pattern on them for those of you with the dropsies. I wish we had these in the paint store. Another great thing about nitrile gloves is that regardless of someone's allergies they are considered safe in almost every situation- including medical.
One Glove to Rule Them All
Understanding the differences between the different types of gloves is important when choosing the proper protective equipment for your application. Depending onf your specific situation the safest bet is always Nitrile. Although there are some advantages to latex gloves, many people are severely allergic to latex. Which is why, most paint for instance today is Acrylic (a synthetic hypoallergenic latex). The BEST Nitrile gloves that we absolutely love are the Tiger Grip Powder Free gloves pictured above.
Tiger Grip Powder Free Nitrile Gloves starting at $16.99 for a box of 90. Plenty so that you can dispose of them as needed.