Coronavirus: 6 good tips to avoid touching your face all the time

We all do. We touch our faces countless times every day. An itchy nose, tired eyes, wiping our mouth with the back of our hand are all things we do without thinking.

However, touching your face can significantly increase your risk of infection with flu or cold viruses, but especially the new coronavirus. Your mouth and eyes are the areas where viruses can most easily enter the body, and all you have to do is touch them with a finger that already has an infection.

We touch our faces all the time

Scientists studying this behavior find that people are constantly touching their faces.

In a small study published in 2008, 10 subjects were observed alone in an office for 3 hours. The researchers found that they touched their faces an average of 16 times per hour.

Another 2015 study observed 26 medical students at an Australian university to find they touched their faces 23 times per hour. Nearly half of face touches involved the mouth, nose or eyes, which are the easiest routes for viruses and bacteria to enter our bodies.

Hand washing is key

The first and most important precaution to take is to wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds. However, we touch our face so often that the chances of re-contaminating our hands between washes are extremely high. All you have to do is touch a doorknob or similar surface to be at risk of infection again.

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6 good tips to avoid touching your face

– Already be aware of your intention not to touch your face with your hands. A brief pause can help you be more aware of what you are doing with your hands.

– Place reminders like post-it notes at your home or office so you can see them and remind yourself that you want to keep your hands away from your face.

– Keep your hands busy. If you’re at home watching TV, try folding laundry, sorting mail, or holding something in your hands, even a tissue will do, as long as it reminds you to keep your hands away of your face.

– Use scented hand sanitizer or scented hand soap to help you remember to keep your hands away from your face. The smell will draw your attention to the location of your hands.

– If you are in a meeting, lace your fingers together and place them in your lap.

– Wearing gloves can be an effective physical reminder too, wearing gloves at home can also help you break the habit of touching your face”.


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