CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–The clamor for using latex gloves as a deterrent against COVID-19 can only do so much, as Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMCs) medical director, Dr. Jose Chan, reminds the public of the basics of countering the spread of the virus through handwashing, cough etiquette and social distancing.
“I think we should go back to the directions from the Department of Health (DOH), City Health Office (CHO), and even from the City Hall, to always wash your hands,” he said.
“Even if you wear latex gloves, and you don’t wash it, then there’s no use,” he shared, reiterating the importance of handwashing in killing the virus and how wearing a latex glove is not enough when it comes to prevention.
He further noted, “regardless if you wear gloves and you touch things then touch your face or eyes, there is still a possibility of you being infected by COVID-19, so that’s why it’s always important to have proper hand hygiene.”
“If you wear gloves, then you should still wash your hands while wearing your gloves,” he said, explaining “that the latex glove will merely act as a conduit for the virus itself unless it goes through proper sanitation and chemical contact to kill the virus.”
It can be recalled that the World Health Organization (WHO) has been emphasizing these three basic ways in fighting the virus: handwashing, cough etiquette and social distancing.
As the tendrils of the pandemic finally reaches the country, Chan reminds all and sundry to follow the WHO’s advice in fighting the virus. (VPSB/PIA10)