A UK doctor is warning those stockpiling gloves amid the coronavirus outbreak that wearing them can increase the risk of catching the deadly bug, according to report.
Dr. Simran Deo said that gloves can collect germs on the surface from infected people who cough or sneeze on them, the Mirror reported.
“While gloves can protect your hands from coming into contact with these droplets, they will still remain on the surface of the gloves and may even last there for longer if they are not washed frequently, leading to an increased risk of catching the virus by touching your face or food with your gloves, as well as the risk of passing it on to others,” Deo told the outlet.
She said that regularly washing your hands with soap and water or using hand sanitizer is a better defense against the virus.
“Gloves should not be treated as an alternative to good hygiene: The primary advice is to make sure you wash your hands with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub for 20 to 30 seconds, especially when you’ve been on public transport, such as the train or bus,” Deo told the outlet.
Health officials around the world are seeking to advise people of best practices as the virus spreads to more than 115,000 people.