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How Quickly Germs Can Spread Even With Gloves

“I want to remind you of a little thing called cross contamination,” says Molly Lixbie, the registered nurse who made this video.

During this coronavirus pandemic, many people have been wearing gloves out in public while they are doing their errands, like going to the grocery store. But Molly shows that one might not be as protected as they think while they are wearing those gloves.

In the video, Molly acts out a shopping trip while she is wearing gloves. And she uses green paint to demonstrate just how fast germs can spread from one surface to another.

“Oh, my nose itches, let me just itch my nose,” Molly says while she quickly wipes her nose while wearing latex gloves. Now there is a bit of green paint from her gloves on her face.

“Oh, now my phone’s ringing. It’s my mom,” Molly says. “She needs me to get her something.”

As Molly touches her phone and then puts the phone to her face, more green paint has transferred from her gloves, to the phone, and now to her cheek.

“Oh, my goodness, look at all of this bacteria,” Molly notes after looking at all the green paint that can now be found on her face and hands. It only took a few seconds, but now the green paint, or germs, that Molly had on her gloves are on many different surfaces.

“Don’t touch your face. Don’t touch your dirty phone,” Molly says to the camera. “This is called cross contamination. There’s no point in wearing gloves if you’re not going to wash your hands every time you touch something.”

Another thing to remember when wearing gloves is you have to take them off and dispose of them properly in order to prevent the spread of germs. By keeping these tips in mind, we all will be able to help stop the spread of germs in order to keep ourselves and our families healthy!

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