How to stop touching your face
NEW YORK, — In our new normal world of social distancing, we all know that COVID-19 is spreading through human contact.
Behavioral scientists are even more specific, blaming it on a habit we all do countless times a day. Wendy Woolfolk has five-science backed tips to help us “Stop touching our faces.”
“We touch our faces about 23 times per hour, on average,” Woolfold said.
But that habit, ingrained in all of us, makes us even more vulnerable in the fight against COVID-19.
“98% or more of all people that eventually will die of COVID-19 are not yet infected; they are going to be infected and they are going to be infected by touching their eyes, their nose or mouth with their fingers,” said James Pomerantz, of Rice University.”
Members of the Psychonomic Society believe viruses are spread through basic “Human behavior”, like shaking someone’s hand or touching a doorknob without washing your hands. It’s often said that we get virus from other people, but we really we give them to ourselves.
According to Dr. James Pomerantz at Rice University, we can learn to change our behavior.
“One thing would be to have a friend gently remind you when you touch your face,” Pomerantz said.
And reciprocate when you notice him or her doing the same.
“One very effective technique is to keep your hands occupied otherwise, like hold something in your hands.
Another idea, change your posture, keep elbows off the table or sit in a chair without arm rests.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is the old adage, the problem is we don’t pay enough attention to that old adage.”
In a world where our new normal includes incessant hand-washing and social distancing, another simple way we can all help “Flatten the curve.”
If you want technology to help you break the habit, you can visit the website.
Right now it only works on a browser on your desktop or laptop. Download the software, give access to the camera and it will tell you every time you touch your face.