The novel coronavirus that cases COVID-19 enters the body through mucous membranes—primarily your nose and mouth.

The virus does not enter your body through your hands, but hands can transport viral particles to mucus membranes.

For this reason, some people choose to wear gloves when out in the community. Others are required by their industry to wear them while at work.

When wearing gloves, avoid cross-contamination or touching your face.

As you later remove the gloves, it is critical to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to correctly take them off. Many people don’t remove their gloves properly, further contaminating themselves and others around them.

Also, it is important to note that you should never reuse disposable gloves.