Florida Politicians Still Don't Understand How Gloves Work

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attend a press conference at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attend a press conference at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty
Look, we're all adjusting to the new reality of life in coronavirus times. Things are different now. Before March, if you kept a box of rubber gloves at home, you were almost certainly a serial killer. Wearing a mask on public property was a crime under state law. Handwashing — if you're really being honest with yourself — lasted maybe seven seconds.

Yes, we're all trying to learn the rules of pandemic-era best practices — politicians included. But a number of elected officials in Florida have very publicly been examples of what not to do if you're trying to stop the spread of a deadly virus. Case in point: At a press conference last Wednesday in Miami Beach, Florida's top official, Gov. Ron DeSantis, was photographed wearing a single blue glove — and then interlocking the fingers of his clean, bare hand with those of the dirty gloved hand.
He wasn't the only one. During the press conference, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber could be seen touching his face with his gloved hands, and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez opened a water bottle while wearing a pair of gloves. Jared Moskowitz, director of Florida's Division of Emergency Management, made the same one-gloved mistake as DeSantis.
The PPE problems weren't limited to that press conference.

A day later, Miami-Dade Commissioner Esteban Bovo posted a video of himself fingering the inside of his facemask with gloved hands.
And City of Miami Commissioner Manolo Reyes posted a photo of himself grabbing the inside of his facemask with a pair of gloved hands at an event on April 4:
In case you find yourself as confused as these politicians do about how to properly wear a pair of protective gloves, several healthcare workers have posted tutorials on YouTube in recent weeks. In one video, a Michigan nurse made ingenious use of paint to demonstrate what happens when you touch your face and use your cell phone while wearing a pair of contaminated gloves. (Spoiler alert: You absolutely play yourself.)

At the end of the day, having poor form with your protective gear isn't a crime. We get it — it might be easier to quit smoking than it is to quit touching your face. But if you're an elected official trying to lead your community through a global health crisis, maybe don't stick your grimy gloves all over your mug when the cameras are rolling. And God forbid, don't post a video of it on your own social media channels. 
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Jessica Lipscomb is news editor of Miami New Times and an enthusiastic Florida Woman. Born and raised in Orlando, she has been a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.
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