People are so worried about the Delta variant that they are wearing gloves at the gas / petrol station.
Find out why you should NEVER wear gloves at the gas / petrol station!
Why Are People Wearing Gloves At Gas / Petrol Station?
When the COVID-19 pandemic first started, gas / petrol pumps were identified as a potential source of COVID-19 spread.
Hence, gas / petrol stations were advised to constantly wipe clean the buttons and handles of the consoles and pumps.
But people only started wearing gloves in earnest, when the highly-transmissible Delta variant caused massive surges all over the world.
Why You Should NEVER Wear Gloves At Gas / Petrol Station!
Not only is that fake news, the very act of wearing gloves while using the gas / petrol pump is actually DANGEROUS, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Delta Variant More Transmissible Through Air
Currently, Delta variant has been shown to be more transmissible by air – within seconds of a close contact.
However, there is no evidence so far that it is more transmissible by touching a contaminated object.
Fact #2 : It Is Dangerous To Wear Gloves At Gas / Petrol Station!
No matter what social media tells you – you should NEVER wear gloves at a gas / petrol station.
Plastic gloves like what you see in these pictures generate static electricity, and may spark a fire when you refill your car!
Instead of protecting you from COVID-19, you may end up sparking a dangerous fire while refuelling your vehicle!
Fact #3 : Latex / Nitrile Gloves May Not Protect You
Some automotive experts are recommending that motorists opt for latex or nitrile gloves, because they will not generate static electricity like plastic gloves.
That is bad advice.
Yes, latex and nitrile gloves will protect your hands from touching contaminated surfaces. But many people actually contaminate themselves while removing their gloves.
Unless you are a healthcare worker who is familiar on how to properly wear and remove rubber / nitrile gloves without contaminating yourself, you should not wear them.
But if you absolutely must wear them, it is best to sanitise the gloves before you remove them. And make sure you sanitise your hands right after removing your gloves
Fact #4 : COVID-19 Spreads Through People
The SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads through droplets and aerosols from infected people. It does not spread by touch.
Hence, the best policy for gas / petrol stations is to insist that EVERYONE must wear a face mask.
This prevents direct transmission by droplets, and greatly cuts down on aerosols. And best of all – it prevents the gas / petrol pump surfaces from being contaminated!
If everyone wears a face mask, fomites – contaminated surfaces or objects – will be virtually non-existent.
Fact #5 : You Can’t Get Contaminated If You Sanitise Your Hands!
Instead of worrying so much about getting your hands contaminated with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, just sanitise them!
If you are super worried, spread alcohol-based hand sanitiser onto the buttons and handle of the gas / petrol pump.
You can’t get COVID-19 from contaminated surfaces if you always keep your hands clean!
This isn’t just my advice, this is what the US CDC recommends too!
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