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Should you wear gloves while grocery shopping during the pandemic? Here’s what you should know

While most grocery stores ask customers to wear a face mask, you might also see a few people wearing gloves, too. But are they necessary? 

Gloves are meant to add a layer of protection from germs and bacteria on surfaces, and because you touch a lot of things while grocery shopping, wearing gloves can make sense. But if you touch your face, hold your phone to your face, or touch the outside of the gloves when you remove them, you are actually defeating the purpose. 

If you want to wear gloves and it makes you feel less anxious about going to the store, feel free to wear them, but remember the same rules apply for touching your face or accessories like your phone. Also make sure to take them off appropriately to prevent contaminating your hands. 

Our best advice to protect yourself from germs when running errands and being outside your home is to regularly wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.

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