During a recent trip to the supermarket, former emergency room nurse Molly Lixey noticed a common trend among those buying groceries – they were wearing gloves.
At first, she was impressed by the scene, until she noticed all the cross-contamination occurring.
In a Facebook video, Lixey decided to demonstrate just how fast germs can spread at a supermarket, even if you are wearing gloves.
The video shows the nurse pretending to go to the grocery store, and subsequently putting gloves on her hands. She uses a piece of cardboard to represent her mobile phone, and dips her fingers in a plate of paint to symbolise the germs on her hands.
She then proceeds to pick up a pretend phone call, resulting in paint winding up on her cheek. Even once she takes the gloves off, Lixey demonstrates how much paint had wound up on her pretend phone, cheeks and nose, therefore representing how easy it is to cross-contaminate.
“There’s no point in wearing gloves if you’re not gonna wash your hands every time you touch something,” she says.