Gloves and masks: what is effective?

Since the beginning of the pandemic, many people have chosen to wear gloves and masks to protect themselves from the virus. Leaving the house may now seem like an odyssey for those who specifically outfit latex gloves and surgical masks, although elements such as gloves are not mandatory. But is it really effective to wear gloves and masks at the same time?  

Wear gloves and masks at work or on a day-to-day basis as a precaution to protect ourselves against Covid, it can have an inverse effect and contribute to further spreading the infection, especially in the case of gloves, some WHO experts warn. In masks, it is essential to know how to put them on, wear them and take them off correctly to be effective.  

 

The effectiveness of wearing gloves against Covid 

Woman wearing a surgical mask. Protection against Coronavirus.

Wearing gloves to protect yourself from Covid, as you know, is not mandatory in Spain except in certain jobs or places, such as in a supermarket when handling certain foods. At the beginning of the pandemic, many people chose to wear gloves when going out, and even now they continue to wear them, but to what extent is this measure effective?  

Indeed, since coronavirus is not spread through the skin, wearing gloves is unnecessary. In order for the person to be infected, they must touch an infected surface and then touch the mucosa of the eyes, nose or mouth with the hand infected with the particles of saliva or respiratory fluids. This can happen with and without gloves, so gloves as a precautionary measure are not effective.   

The best option, instead of getting gloves, is to wash your hands it is in all cases. Whether with hot or cold water, it doesn't matter. Of course, always with soap, intensely, for at least 20 seconds, rubbing all over the parts, including the wrists and between the fingers. Before, during and after working or touching something.

If you can't wash with soap, use hydroalcoholic gel and rub your hands well, it does the same effect. And above all, the most important thing is to avoid touching your face if you have not washed your hands before.  

 

Between gloves and masks, surgical masks are effective  

Unlike what happens with gloves, Masks are mandatory to go out on the street or to be at any site or job where we cannot maintain safe distances. And also in contrast to what happened with the gloves, the masks are effective for respiratory protection and in the prevention of coronavirus as long as we know use them properly and wear approved masks to protect us properly.   

The key to mask use is that Type IIR masks help limit the spread of Covid when an infected person speaks, coughs or sneezes. When using disposable masks, the droplets of infected people that come out when talking, exhaling or coughing, whether the person is aware that they are infected or not, do not fall on third parties or on surfaces susceptible to being touched and infected by someone .   

Wearing a mask also has another purpose, helps limit the spread of the coronavirus by preventing a person from touching their mouth or nose. For example, if you touch a contaminated surface, the virus will stay on your hands if you don't wash them. If you then touch your nose or mouth with your hand, the virus will enter your body and infect you. This is one of the main ways in which Covid spreads and that the use of a chinstrap helps prevent.  

 

The most effective, original and customizable surgical masks are in Mascarillas Béjar 

We are clear that respiratory protection, unlike gloves, is effective in preventing coronavirus and is also mandatory in Spain. Now, are all face shields equally effective? No, they must have a filter. For this reason, the cloth-only type of masks, like many of which people make at home, may not be effective and are already beginning to not be allowed to wear in spaces like hospitals.   

Remember that our products have CE Marking and comply with the UNE standards, don't forget to use them from nose to chin. Our masks have bacterial filtration efficiency against infectious agents.

The surgical mask, either single or multiple use, is the most recommended by the health authorities. Many people do not use it and opt for the one made of fabric because it has an unsightly look. But for this you have the Surgical masks from Mascarillas Béjar, in different colors and designs, some from designers like Devota & Lomba, Ion Fiz, Ana Locking and Roberto Torretta.

You can buy a pack of 24 reusable masks with 12 different designs, which are also reusable and last five washes, to save money and damage the environment.

In Béjar Masks, we also have the possibility of perform custom surgical masks, we have FFP2 masks perfect for your company, and even send you a whole pallet of masks. Enter our online store now and check all our offers or write us an email to info@mascarillasbejar.com