"There is no conclusive evidence that the use of face masks protects healthy people in their day-to-day lives," Pauline Jose, MD, a clinical instructor at UCLA and family medicine specialist at pH Labs, a national nonprofit health information organization, tells LIVESTRONG.com.
"Keep in mind how small a virus actually is," says Denise Pate, MD, board-certified internal medicine physician at Medical Offices of Manhattan. "The typical length of a virus ranges from 200 to 1,000 nanometers (for reference, a red blood cell is about 10,000 nanometers), and many of the masks on the market — which are commonly used improperly — can't prevent something so small from entering our bodies."
"The best defensive strategy is proper hand-washing, mindful covering of your mouth upon coughing and sneezing and not touching your eyes, nose and mouth," Dr. Pate says.
Hate to break it to you, but wearing gloves — whether winter gloves or the surgical kind — isn't the best way to avoid germs.
Gloves are like a second skin — they pick up the same pathogens your bare hands do. Subsequently, they can also transmit — and infect you with — harmful bugs if you touch an unclean surface and then touch your face, according to Flushing Hospital Medical Center.
In other words, for gloves to serve any protective function at all, you would have to wash (or change) them as regularly as you would your ungloved hands — which pretty much defeats the purpose of wearing them.
Please watch the video below from two different
doctors, one an ER physician giving you the truth
behind the masks. The other is the country’s leading virologist: