Beat the Coronavirus

Practical tips to protect yourself, your family, and your community.

We've put together a list of some of the most actionable things you can to to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus—and other infectious diseases. Please share these ideas with your friends and family. We invite additional suggestions and feedback for improving the site.

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Best Practices for Disposable Glove Use

Some people try to wash disposable gloves to use again later. Never do this. It defeats almost the entire purpose of the gloves. Disposable gloves are not durable enough to be used multiple times. And in the meantime they harbor the dangerous pathogens that you wore them to avoid in the first place. Plus they're pretty cheap (pennies apiece). Don't focus on the wrong priorities when it comes to your health.

EXAMPLE: PUMPING GAS

You should have multiple boxes of disposable gloves, and keep them in convenient places so that you'll remember to use them and never be without them. One of the places you should keep disposable gloves is in your car. When you stop to pump gas, you should put on your gloves before getting out of your car and throw them away before getting back inside. Think of all the surfaces you touch at a typical gas stop—your credit card, the buttons on the payment system, the button or switch to select your grade of fuel, and the pump nozzle itself. You might also use the squeegee to clean your windshield. That's a lot of surfaces that have been touched by *dozens* of other people in the past 12 hours. If any of them were carrying the Coronavirus, you can catch it from them. Using your gloves helps enormously. When you get back in your car, you should use your hand sanitizer for good measure. Consider cleaning your credit card too, with either hand sanitizer or a disinfecting wipe.

When putting on your disposable gloves, take care not to stretch them too much. If you notice any tears or holes in a glove, throw it away and get another one.

To remove a disposable glove from your hand, simply pull from the base of the sleeve (never from the individual fingers—remember they're dirty!).

Note: Disposable gloves can be a choking hazard for small children or pets.