You have your gloves and your mask and you’re ready to make a run to the store. But are you using the same mask and gloves each time you head out into the community? If you are, you may not be protecting yourself from germs as you think.
The World Health Organization recommends that you create at least three feet of distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing. WHO shares that: “When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.”
Dr. Michael Robinson, Guam SDA Clinic Medical Director, said that in general, you want to replace your face mask daily. Once it’s on your face don’t keep touching your face because your face mask is dirty from your coughing and sneezing and breathing on it.
Dr. Robinson stresses the importance of replacing your face mask daily. He says anytime you touch your face, wash your hands and use good cough etiquette to make sure your germs aren’t spread to other people.
Speaking of hands, gloves also need to be replaced daily. Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth.
From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick. According to WHO regularly washing your hands offers more protection against catching COVID-19 than wearing rubber gloves.