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Coronavirus: Doctor warns not to wear gloves at supermarket to protect from infection

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Masks and gloves are a common sight in supermarkets at the moment - but one doctor has warned wearing gloves to do your food shop could be doing more harm than good.

A surgeon, who posts as Dr Karan Raj on social media, posted a video to 'explain why you don't need to wear gloves when you go out' as people look to take steps to protect themselves against coronavirus.

Wearing a pair of medical gloves, he uses a pen to draw on his hand, showing how germs can accumulate as you touch things like baskets, trolleys and checkout machines which have been used by other shoppers.

As you continue to wear your gloves on your way home or throughout the day, the gloves continue to come into contact with more and more germs, which you can easily and unknowingly transfer by touching yourself or items like your phone.

"Your glove is now more full of germs than your hand would have been if you had washed each time," he said.

The doctor instead advised people to simply wash their hands regularly (Image: dr.karanr/TikTok)

"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.

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

The clip gained thousands of views on TikTok, as one commented: "Finally! I've been trying to explain this to people, hopefully your vid will make them listen."

The accumulation of germs is easily transferred (Image: dr.karanr/TikTok)

Dr Raj also did a video on whether people should be wearing a face mask to help protect against the spread of COVID-19.

He said it's a 'contentious topic' but said if someone is sick, a carer or a healthcare worker, face masks are important to protect themselves and others.

Adding that they are not a replacement for social distancing and hand-washing, he advised that 'we need to safeguard against the false sense of security that masks alone keep people safe'.


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