Do not wear disposable gloves instead of washing your hands. The virus gets on them in the same way it gets on your hands. Your hands can get contaminated when you take them off.
Disposable gloves are worn in medical settings. They are not as effective in daily life.
Do not wear gloves when shopping
You do not need to wear gloves in everyday situations like shopping.
Wearing disposable gloves can give you a false sense of security.
- sneeze or cough into the gloves - this creates a new surface for the virus to live on
- contaminate yourself when taking off the gloves or touching surfaces
- not wash your hands as often as you need to
- touch your face with contaminated gloves
The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is:
When to wear gloves
When cleaning your home in general, it's ok to use disposable or reusable gloves. Follow the instructions on the label of your cleaning products.
If you are living with someone in self-isolation, you may have to care for them. Use disposable or rubber gloves when cleaning and disinfecting areas around them. You should also use gloves when collecting their dishes, laundry or rubbish.
When using gloves:
- wash and dry reusable rubber gloves after each use while wearing them
- put disposable gloves in the bin after using them. Do not reuse them
- wash your hands properly with soap and water when you take off the gloves
Last updated: 23 November at 12.10pm