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I read and hear conflicting statments about wearing gloves. Can you clear this issue up for me?
Here is the answer from Dr. Leclair, our lab scientist.
I will think the reason you might be hearing multiple comments in this is that there is no one single rule to use. Everything depends upon the “dance” between the person and the external situation.
Are you a CLL patient with a history of few to no viral illnesses or does it take you a few months to get over a cold? Are you a CLL caregiver and what is the health status of your loved one? What are the prognostic markers? What about all of the other people with whom you interact – in the house?
Once you go down that list of criteria, you can determine if you should lean toward using gloves often or less so.
Then look at what you do and where you do it. Are you or the people with whom you live following the stay-at-home orders? Where do the interactions occur? After each encounter, how close to a place where you can wash your hands and maybe face are you? What is your responsibility to the people who interact with you?
So maybe you decide that you all are complying with the regulations, and are mostly healthy. Then I would think gloves would be a strong consideration for any shopping (groceries, medications, etc)- more for the employees than for yourself. Reading newspapers in your own home – probably not.
Or you decide that, for whatever reason, you interact with sufficient numbers of situations or people whose status you do not know (for example, you work at a grocery store), then I would wear gloves the entire time that each interaction occurs and take care to cleanse any surface that has been involved in the interaction.
I would add that gloves need to be properly put on and removed. Hand washing and not touching our face may do as well or better in many circumstances.