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You Probably Touch Your Face 16 Times an Hour: Here's How to Stop

Stop touching your face

This is a habit you can break:
  • Be mindful of your intention to keep your hands away from your face.
  • Place visual reminders at home and at the office so you will be aware that you want to keep your hands down.
  • Use a scented hand sanitizer or a scented hand soap to help remind yourself to keep hands away from your face. The smell will keep you alert.
  • Use gloves if necessary.

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Touching our faces

We touch our faces on average 16 times an hour.
And almost half of the face touches involve the mouth, nose, or eyes, which are the easiest pathways for viruses and bacteria to enter our bodies.

Handwashing is crucial

Effective handwashing consists of five simple steps: wet, lather, scrub, rinse, dry.
Do so for at least 20 seconds.

Stop touching your face

This is a habit you can break:
  • Be mindful of your intention to keep your hands away from your face.
  • Place visual reminders at home and at the office so you will be aware that you want to keep your hands down.
  • Use a scented hand sanitizer or a scented hand soap to help remind yourself to keep hands away from your face. The smell will keep you alert.
  • Use gloves if necessary.

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Researchers found that people they observed, who were unaware they were watched, touched surfaces, and then their nose or mouth more than three times an hour.

How to stop touching your face
  • Masks offer a useful form of protection, not necessarily because they stop the virus, but because it becomes harder to touch the nose and mouth.
  • If you feel a physical need like an itch, you can use the back of the arm and reduce the risk of picking up diseases.
  • People who touch their eyes can wear sunglasses or just sit on their hands.
  • 'Notes to self' can be a helpful reminder.
  • We can also resort to methods like fidget spinners or stress balls, especially when your hands are idle.
What we know

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Contaminated surfaces
  • The virus can be detected in aerosols (airborne droplets smaller than five micrometers) for up to three hours.
  • On copper, for up to four hours.
  • On cardboard, for up to 24 hours.
  • On stainless steel or plastic, for up to three days.

The virus particles on any surface decrease rapidly at the start, then slowly approaches zero over time.

Touching or eating contaminated food

If a food worker coughs over your food while preparing it, although really gross, your risk of contracting the disease that way is minimal.

According to a 2018 overview of respiratory viruses, the virus reproduces along the respiratory tract. It is a different pathway than the digestive tract food follows when you swallow it.

Even if you handle contaminated food and then deposit the virus along your respiratory tract, it's highly unlikely to get sick this way.

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Laundry machines and clothing

Family and emergency Dr. Janette Nesheiwat suggested that polyester, spandex-like material may retain germs longer than breathable cotton-based fabrics, but all types of fabrics can be contaminated.

It is safe to use a shared laundry machine because the virus is killed by washing your clothes over 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Don't boil everything, because it will ruin your clothes.

Washing of clothes
  • It is advised to wash clothes in detergent that contain a bleach compound as viruses can't survive in that harsh environment.
  • Regularly wash your clothes, especially if you have been in a crowded area. Also, consider washing your coat.
  • It's best to wash a sick person's clothing separately.