In an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the government of the UK is considering to advise the public to wear gloves.
As the battle against the coronavirus continues, the government has been constantly introducing new regulations which include the wearing of face coverings to reduce the spread. Government officials have been exchanging views over the proposal to make the wearing of gloves mandatory.
In a debate on coronavirus legislation in the House of Lords, Baroness McIntosh of Pickering asked: “Has the government formed a view on the use of gloves? Obviously we’re all following the guidance on washing our hands, but surely the correct use of gloves outdoors and indoors could prevent the passing on of the virus.”
Lord Bethell, the health minister replied: “To date, gloves are not in the guidance but they remain an area that we are looking at.”
However, both the National Health Service (NHS) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have argued that constantly washing bare hands offers more protection against the coronavirus than wearing rubber gloves. They suggested that one can still be infected if they touch their face with contaminated gloves.
A study published in the journal, Annals Work Exposures & Health in May, stated: “There is considerable research that looks at how factors relating to the work process, worker behaviour, and the use of protective equipment all influence the transfer of hazards to the skin and mouth.
“For example, we know that workers wearing gloves are less likely to touch their face.”
A number of people in the UK are unable to wear protective gear like face coverings and gloves for health reasons hence, enforcing the law on everyone might be difficult.