/ Modified may 22, 2020 4:12 p.m.

What’s the right way to wear a mask, and are gloves necessary?

Banner-University Medical Center's director of infection prevention clarifies the proper protocols.

As face masks and gloves become popular accessories to slow the spread of coronavirus, we got insight into the proper protocols for wearing these types of personal protective equipment from Brandie Anderson, the infection prevention director for Banner-University Medical Center Tucson.

Anderson advised that most members of the general public avoid wearing gloves because the risk remains high that they will accidentally transmit germs picked up by the gloves to other personal items, including phones, wallets and keys.

She also demonstrated how to properly secure a mask and advised against purchasing professional PPE for personal use.

“All of the people that really need that PPE are using it to take care of very sick people. So, the CDC guidance actually does not recommend that we use health care-grade masks,” Anderson said. “There’s lots of resources out there on how to make your own out of things that you have laying around your house already.”

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