A doctor has warned against wearing gloves to supermarkets during coronavirus pandemic


A doctor has taken to social media to show people that wearing gloves may increase the risk of catching or transmitting COVID-19. 

The Mirror shared a video from Dr Karan Raj - who explained via TikTok that wearing gloves causes germs to accumulate throughout the day as you touch various objects.

This in turn, may lead to viruses transferring onto your hands when you remove the gloves.


Offering a visual demonstration of how germs spread, the surgeon commented: "Your glove is now more full of germs than your hand would have been if you had washed each time."

"Remember, with these same gloves you'll be touching your steering wheel, you might accidentally touch your [face] transferring the germs to yourself.

"And then when you're changing your gloves, you might be actually touching the glove itself.

Instead of wearing gloves, the surgeon campaigned for everyone to continue to scrubbing instead.

"Just wash your hands, be sensible, stay safe," he said.


There is no mention of gloves in the government's current guidelines for reducing the spread of COVID-19.

Official advice is to frequently wash your hands for 20 seconds using handwash, soap or gel, and to disinfect regularly touched surfaces as often as possible.

More information is available online.

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