And latex-plastic gloves.
I think dentists and other health care workers began using gloves when the AIDS scare began. Food service workers also use them to avoid cross contamination of food and utensils.
I was at a bagel shop ordering a sandwich a few years ago and watched the gloved worker make sandwiches, wiping the sandwich board with a damp rag - the same rag he used to wipe his gloves after ringing up customers and coming back to make the next person's sandwich - never washing his gloves nor bothering to change them between each activity. Needless to say, he never sanitized the tools he was using either.
Likewise at the dentist's office. Both the hygienist and the dentist wore gloves. Both worked in my mouth - the dentist coming into the room from working on another patient had his hands in my moth to inject anesthesia. The hygienist did paper work, dropped an instrument on the floor, picked it up, then went to retrieve an ex ray, came back in, worked on cleaning my teeth.... never cleaned, changed, or removed her gloves at any point. In fact, as I was paying at the desk, she wrote in my chart, invited the next patient in, and never washed her 'gloves'.
Yeah. So I wonder where I picked up my infection?
I used to be a hypochondriac when I had health insurance, I went to the doctor all the time, mostly to get attention and pity. Kidding - or am I? Now however, since I've been uninsured for six years, I do not like to go at all. I'm not and never have been a mysophobe, nor do I go to extremes to protect my health. Of course I do things like get a flu shot and wash my hands frequently and do not use other people's chapstick - but that's about it. I'm fine with getting sick - it is something to offer up.
But listen up health care workers, food service people, barbers and hairdressers* - remember your training. Wash your hands, sanitize your instruments and workplace. You can protect yourself - but it is your duty to protect your clients in the process. That's why you wear the gloves.
*I go to a neighborhood guy to get my haircut - he has a shop - he never cleans his instruments, even after he drops them on the floor. He used a towel to dry my hair before cutting it and was offended when I told his it smelled like mildew. I know! I sound like an old lady, but how hard is it to sanitize your tools and launder your towels?