SPECTRUM NEWS VIDEO: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have now recommended people wear cloth masks when they're out in public to help slow down the spread of coronavirus.
Many people are also wearing gloves to protect themselves. We talked to Gale Klinshaw, clinical lab coordinator at UB's School of Nursing about how to properly wear, remove, and dispose of them.
She says the masks don't protect like the N95 filter masks, but do help stop some germs from getting in and out. It's important to make sure your entire face is covered.
If you don't have a sewn mask, you can fold over a piece of cloth and use hair ties or rubber bands to secure them on your head. And if you wear gloves, don't touch the outside when you're done.
"You have no idea who may have the virus and they don't either," Klinshaw said. "So they're not necessarily going irresponsibly out to infect you. But the best thing you can do is wear the mask and the gloves correctly if you have to go out, and it all can wait."
We've seen a number of gloves and masks left in parking lots and along the road. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz even warned over the weekend about the litter and threat of spreading germs. Klinshaw's advice: bring a bag with you and throw them out when you get home.