In the times of pandemic, many people are desperately looking for the best possible protection against infection. Purchased and homemade protective masks are just one of the options. Some people also use disposable gloves to protect themselves from possible direct contact with the coronavirus. However, in the long run it can be expensive to buy new protective gloves again and again. In this article, we would like to tell you whether it really works if you wear gloves and how you can make gloves from plastic bags.
Again and again it is advised to wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds. This is the only way to really remove germs from your hands and to minimize the risk of infection. However, many want to protect themselves by wearing disposable gloves. But does that really work? Wearing a protective face mask has become a second nature and can be seen every day. But experts recently clarified that they don’t really protect a healthy person from infection. However, it is effective when you are infected because you avoid transmitting the virus further. Is it similar with the gloves? The answer is “yes”, because in general you give your hands a second, artificial skin. Since Covid-19 is not spread by touch but by droplets, such a protective barrier is pointless. The purpose that protective gloves serve is as follows:
When to put on gloves for protection from covid-19?
Gloves are intended to protect a healthy person (e.g. a medic) from a possibly infectious person. Immediately after the treatment, the gloves are removed so that they do not touch the skin and then disposed of immediately. And that’s the problem if you wear gloves every day – when they are not immediately disposed after use, the risk of infection is even increased.
You feel protected and wash your hands less often which is very wrong. At the same time, the protective gloves are not changed often enough. The result is that even more germs are collected. At some point you forget that you shouldn’t touch your face and this quickly transfers the germs that would not have been there if you washed your hands regularly.
Do you have to disinfect gloves or not?
Another incorrect procedure is to disinfect and reuse the protective gloves that have already been used. Yes, it may save you money on buying gloves but you should use them once and then throw them away, as the name “disposable glove” already suggests. Keep in mind that you are unnecessarily producing additional garbage that you could have avoided by simply washing your hands.
Wear homemade gloves
During epidemic, people increasingly suffer from anxiety. If you feel safer and better with a protective mask and gloves, you can use them, but with caution: you should only wear the gloves if absolutely necessary. Also remove them as soon as possible and don’t touch your face until then. Once you have disposed of the protective gloves, wash your hands thoroughly, following the 20-second rule. So that you don’t have to spend a lot of money unnecessarily, we will show you how to make gloves from plastic bags.
How to make gloves from plastic bags
Plastic bags are great for making protective gloves at home. All you have to do is put the bag with two layers on top of each other in front of you and trace the outline of your hand on it with a marker or felt tip pen. Then use scissors to cut out the outline of the hand, slightly larger than the drawing.
Now place the two layers of plastic hands on a fireproof surface and heat the edges with the tip of an iron set at low temperature (not too long so that the foil does not melt). When heated, the plastic melts slightly and the two layers stick together.
These instructions work even faster and easier if you do not use scissors to cut the outline of the hand, but instead use a heated knife. It is best to use wood as a base. Hold the blunt side of the knife briefly in the flame and then run it along your hand outline.