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As required by the state, coronavirus bulls are slowly end in the united states, an important factor is still what is the best way to avoid contracting the virus or spreading it to others — if you decide to venture in public spaces.
The virus is currently known to spread mainly person-to-person close contact via respiratory droplets in the air, however, a March study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), CDC, UCLA and Princeton University, scientists found that the virus can remain infectious in airborne droplets for hours and surfaces for days.
The study resulted in many people by the use of gloves while shopping in your local grocery store. The CDC even created a section on its website entitled, “Spread through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects,” has been eliminated. The potential for the spread of surfaces which, since then, has been added under a new section entitled “The virus is not easily transmitted otherwise.”
CDC NOW SAYS CORONAVIRUS ‘DOES NOT SPREAD EASILY VIA CONTAMINATED SURFACES
Meanwhile, the archiving and the current pages note that “this is not intended to be the main way that the virus spreads,” this does not mean that you cannot get the virus from the surfaces.
“It may be possible that a person can obtain COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus and then touching the mouth, nose, or, possibly, in their eyes,” the agency added.
So, what is better: the use of gloves, or wash your hands?
The CDC still lists frequent hand washing as the best option to prevent the spread of the virus, even with the possibility of contracting the virus after touching surfaces. In fact, the agency only recommends the use of gloves “when cleaning or the care of someone who is sick.”
“In most other situations, as on the due diligence, the use of gloves is not necessary,” the agency added.
The CDC says that washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place. It is recommended to do it after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
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If you do not have soap nearby, use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol is the next best option, he said.
Dr. David Cennimo, a specialist in infectious diseases and professor of Rutgers university, New Jersey Medical School also recommends that the act of washing the hands over the use of gloves when asked what was the best option.
“Wash your hands. Although there are no definitive data that confirms that hand washing is necessarily better, gloves are just as contaminated as the hands of a person,” Cennimo said NJ.com. “If someone wears gloves for extended periods of time, and they are touching their face or other surfaces, with the gloves, they’re not helping themselves at all. Therefore, the washing of the hands or carrying hand sanitizer is the easiest and most sensible solution”.
THE DR. SIEGEL: WHY IS THE USE OF GLOVES IN THE GROCERY STORE IS NOT NECESSARILY A GOOD IDEA
Fox News contributor Dr. Marc Siegel echoed these sentiments when he said that at the end of March that he prefers to constantly of the hand of sterilization and washing on the use of gloves for safety purposes during the outbreak of coronavirus.
“The gloves accumulate germs, gloves to accumulate viruses,” Siegel told “Fox & Friends” when responding to a viewer question about whether the use of gloves in the grocery store is necessary.
“You’re going to not realize when you touch something, then you have in the gloves, then transfer to your face, then you can become infected”, he explained. “You can’t change enough to make a difference, so I vote ‘no’ on that one. Yes, on the continuous washing of hands.”
Even with the agency of the notion that the surfaces are not the main way of virus spread, in comparison to the person-to-person spread, the CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched areas daily.
“This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks,” according to the agency.
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Outside of washing your hands, everyone should also wear a cloth face cover when going out in public areas like the grocery store at the time of gathering the needs, the CDC added.
Fox News’ Joshua Nelson and Madeline Farber contributed to this report