Much of the country has had quite the rough winter, and it’s not over yet. You already know how essential winter gloves are, but those hand protectors can easily turn into germ distributors if you’re not careful.
Fortunately, there are simple ways to protect yourself and others from the germ-spreading risks of gloves.
How Gloves Spread Germs
It’s probably fairly obvious how gloves spread germs. They can pick up any germs you have on your hands, but unfortunately you won’t be able to wash your gloves as often as you wash your hands. In fact, gloves can be an even better breeding ground for bacteria than your hands.
“Moisture, sweat and dead skin cells provide a cozy environment for germs where they can rapidly grow,” Kelly Reynolds, PhD, of the University of Arizona’s College of Public Health, told Yahoo Health. “Increased number of germs means increased risk for infection.”
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