Face masks and gloves are not the end all.

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, leaders have now urged everyone to don protective masks and gloves when possible. But that's not an excuse to become complacent on other safety measures.

Face masks do not replace social distancing and gloves do not replace hand washing and common sense.

All of the guidelines about staying home as much as possible are still in place. If you're out, instructions to stay at least 6-feet away from others is still valid even if you're wearing a mask.

In an interview this week, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said: “The most important thing about face coverings is, make sure you’re not substituting social distancing with face masks because the most important thing is still to stay away from people. And make sure that if you put on a face mask, you don’t touch your face and you wash your hands before you put one on.” Most importantly, Adams said, was to save the medical masks for healthcare workers. The general public should, instead, seek out cloth masks.

This week countless videos are circulating on social media showing good "glove-wearing" practices. Gloves should be removed for every new activity you do and your gloved hands should still refrain from touching your face.

The Center for Disease Control has issued instructions on how to safely remove gloves to avoid contaminants touching your hands. Additionally, as you're shedding your gloves, throw them in the trash, not in the parking lot.

While this protective gear makes a huge difference, existing guidelines should still be followed.

Claremore Daily Progress

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