STOP TOUCHING YOUR FACE.
It sounds practical. And like good common sense. After all, if you touch someone or something with the virus on it it’s easy to transfer it to your nose or mouth when you touch your face.
But now that we’ve been told not to do it, we’re all learning that we touch our faces a LOT more than we ever realized. And that wise advice to quit putting your fingers on your face suddenly seems impossible to follow.
It’s not just you. Long before the coronavirus crisis hit…way back in 2008… a study found we touch our face an average of 16 times an hour, or more than once every four minutes.
So today, allow me to help. I’ve got some PROVEN tips that could end this habit for good, cut your risk of infection, and SAVE you from a miserable illness (maybe even death).
Keep your mitts away from your mug
The reason is simple and obvious. If you touch something dirty – especially something contaminated with the COVID-19 coronavirus – you now have germs on your hand.
And if you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, you’re now giving those germs a free ride into your body.
It’s not the ONLY way the virus spreads, of course. The coronavirus can be in the air if someone coughs or sneezes nearby.
But touching your face is a major route of transmission for this and other nasty infections. Studies show that a single touch could be enough to give germs entry into the body.
If you can avoid that touch, you can help prevent the transmission. And if you prevent the transmission, you can stop the infection.
Avoid transferring coronavirus through face touching
Following are four easy ways to end your own face-touching habit to help reduce your coronavirus risk…
- Redirecting: Touch something else. Touch your shoulder. Or the back of your neck. Touch your elbow. Pick a spot, and touch that Yes, it’ll be tough at first. But with practice, you’ll start to reach for that other spot more and your face less (and eventually, hopefully, not at all).
- Fidgeting: Remember those “fidget spinners” kids were using a year or two back, driving us all batty? Well, now we could all use one of those. Having something in your hands to keep them busy can help keep them away from your face. Just make sure whatever it is you’re touching is clean. A pen or a coin will do in a pinch.
- Cover up: If you have a thimble, a band-aid, anything else, put it on your fingertip or tips. This alone won’t stop you from touching your face… but it serves as a reminder to not do it. And the sensation is so unpleasant you’ll soon break the habit.
- Just in case: Wash, wash, and then wash some more Keep your hands clean – obsessively so – to cut your risk of transmitting something to yourself by accidental face touching.
And keep the tissues on hand. If you absolutely have to touch your face for some reason, use the tissue as a clean barrier.