- Wash your hands as frequently as possible
- Wear a mask if you are experiencing symptoms
- Handwashing is important to fight coronavirus infection
Coronavirus, which originated from Wuhan, a city in China has now affected different nations all across the world. Several cases have been reported in India as well. The number of positive cases has crossed 100 in the country. The health ministry has advised to follow all the necessary prevention measures to control the spread of the virus. Maintaining personal hygiene is the most basic step to control the spread of the virus. Coronavirus spreads through droplets from an infected person through nose or mouth. Coronavirus can also transfer if you touch any surface which contains infected droplets.
Coronavirus: How touching your face can spread the virus
The World Health Organisation has also advised not to touch eyes, nose and mouth to prevent the transfer of the infection. Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
According to various studies, you touch your face 16-18 times an hour on average. You touch different surfaces in a day and touching your face so many times can increase the possibility of transfer of coronavirus. Here are some tips which can help you avoid touching your face.
How to stop touching your face
1. Keep your hands busy
Try to keep your hands busy so that you do not touch your face. You can squeeze a stress ball or keep something on your desk which can help you keep your hands busy. Keeping yourself busy will also help.
2. Always keep a tissue with you
You may also feel the urge to scratch your face, rub your nose or simply touch it at regular intervals. Keep a tissue with you which can be used in such situations. Discard the tissue after use.
3. Remind yourself how important it is
Touching your face will make it easier for the virus to enter inside your body. Every time you try to touch your face, remind yourself how harmful it is for you.
4. Wash your hands as much as possible
Wash your hands regularly to get rid of infection from your hands. Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
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