Screenshot from video posted on Twitter by ABC News.
In an elaborate video, a nurse from Michigan, US, demonstrated the concept of "cross-contamination" and used paint to show how germs can spread easily even if you are wearing gloves. Molly Lixey said that she has been observing lately that people are wearing gloves to prevent the novel coronavirus. That's good, Molly said, but added that gloves aren't just enough to avert the virus.
"I am seeing a lot of people out in public wearing gloves right now. That's great. If you want to wear gloves, that's all fine and well. You absolutely can. But I want to remind you of a little thing called cross-contamination," Molly Lixey said in the video.
To illustrate cross-contamination, Molly used paint and explained the manner in which germs can spread at a grocery store. The paint represented germs that could possibly be on the items being sold at the supermarket.
The germs, quite obviously, could transfer to the gloves that people wear while shopping for items at the store. In turn, these germs could transfer to your phone or anything else that you touch while shopping, Molly explained. Remember, the germs are now on your gloves.
Molly also emphasised that the gloves are required to be disposed off in a trash can appropriately after use. Wash your hands immediately with soap after doing so, she said.
"There is no point in wearing gloves if you are not going to wash your hands every time you touch something. There is no point, friends. So, do whatever makes you feel safe but remember, there is some science here. Go ahead, wear your gloves but you need to clean your hands all the time. Don't touch your face. Don't touch your dirty phone. Secondly, throw your gloves in the trash," Molly said in the video.
Watch the video here:
"This is called cross-contamination."ABC News (@ABC) April 6, 2020
A Michigan nurse used paint to show how easy it is to spread germs even while wearing gloves. https://t.co/h1DXaKEOUEpic.twitter.com/lnuLrHNA5F
Doctors, scientists as well as the World Health Organisation (WHO) have advised people to wash hands with soap for 40-60 seconds to prevent the transmission of the novel coronavirus. Avoid touching your face and cover your mouth while sneezing or coughing as well.
The novel coronavirus, first reported in China's Wuhan city in December 2019, has affected around 180 nations across the world. Over 74,000 people have died due to Covid-19 in the world.
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