A new guidance has just been issued on dress code for health care workers aiming at keeping dangerous germs from spreading among patients.
Short sleeves, bare hands and forearms and white coats that are laundered at least once a week may help prevent germs from hitching a ride on a doctor’s wrist.
Neckties are questionable. Watches and rings have to go. It’s not clear what to do about name tags, lanyards, necklaces and cell phones, but when in doubt, it’s best to clean the offending items — or get rid of them.