Coronavirus Cross-Contamination Is Easier Than You Realize

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Taking extra precautions to avoid contracting coronavirus/COVID-19 is essential, but are you being mindful enough about the possibility of cross-contamination especially when grocery shopping?

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Many are wearing gloves while out in public, but just because your hands are protected does not mean the possibility of contamination is gone. Molly Lixey, a nurse from Michigan took to Facebook to share how easy it is to come in contact with the virus and then unknowingly contaminate other surfaces -- especially your phone and face.

In her creative and eye-opening video, the nurse uses paint on her hands to illustrate how you can touch something like a shopping cart, and then your face, and possibly your phone, which then defeats the purpose of using the gloves.

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"There’s no point in wearing gloves if you’re not going to wash your hands every time you touch something,” she stresses in her video, imploring people to properly dispose of used gloves (which also includes a tip on how to take gloves off without further cross-contamination) in the trash after each use.

The Doctors thank Molly for her important reminder about not being lulled into a false sense of security when using protective items like gloves and masks and remind our viewers that regular and frequent hand-washing (for 20 seconds with soap and water) is extremely important. Learn about even more helpful resources, tips, advice and news on coronavirus/COVID-19 from The Doctors.

*Stay informed on the latest information on the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization and learn about prevention methods and what to do if you are infected.

 

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