A new Australian study has revealed that medical gloves could prevent an elderly person from developing an infection or getting sick.
The researchers from Melbourne’s Maimonides Medical Center tested an elderly woman for tuberculosis and a range of common colds.
The woman had a high fever, cough and runny nose.
The study found that the gloves worn by the woman could have prevented the onset of these symptoms.
The gloves were also used for the man who had been infected with a virus in the early stages of his illness.
“The study has shown that wearing gloves during an infection can significantly reduce the risk of developing the virus and therefore prevent illness,” Maimonises chief executive officer Dr David Crouch said.
“These gloves can be used for more than just protection, but also as a tool to help people stay healthy and prevent complications.”
Dr Crouch told news.com,au that the study was a significant step forward in understanding the effects of wearing gloves on the human body.
“This is a big step forward because it shows the protective benefits of gloves, but it’s also a step backwards because there are many other things that could be happening,” he said.
The study involved more than 400 people aged over 65 who had all suffered from tuberculosis and other common cold, and who had taken part in Maimonised clinical trials.
Dr Cople said the gloves had been shown to reduce the chance of contracting tuberculosis.
“There are other things like the use of gloves to prevent infection in the elderly, but the one thing we wanted to do with this study is to really understand the impact that these gloves could have on this disease,” he explained.
“The gloves might be protective for a period of time, but then they might actually make you sick, so the more that they are used, the more likely they are to become infected.”
That’s the way we hope to help our patients stay healthy, because we know that once you get sick with a cold, you can’t get it back.
“Maimonides chief executive Dr David Bowers said the findings were significant because the gloves could also prevent some of the common cold symptoms, such as sneezing and running nose, and some of those common cold related to colds, such for pneumonia.”
People in the general population might have a tendency to put on gloves for protection against colds,” he told news,au.”
But for a very serious illness like tuberculosis, there is a huge potential for the gloves to be an effective way to prevent that illness.
“It’s really encouraging to see that a large group of people have come out and done this research to demonstrate that the protective effects of gloves on TB and common cold could be so large.”
Dr Bowers and Dr Crouch hope that the findings will help improve the understanding of the protective effect of gloves and how to use them to help reduce the spread of infectious diseases.
“Our hope is that our research will help to identify ways to better protect ourselves, to reduce our impact on other people’s health, and to help those who are sick,” Dr Cople told news of Australia.
(ABC News: Rob Macfarlane)Topics:health,bioethics-and-medical-research,australia,people,diseases-and/or-disorders,britain,united-statesFirst posted November 15, 2019 17:06:59Contact Rob MacFarlane