As part of their aggressive campaign to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended a variety of preventative habits that everyone in the public is advised adopt. Perhaps one of the most popular of these habits is the recommendation not to touch your face. This sounds like an easy enough thing to do, but if you’re anything like the average person, you’ve probably noticed that it’s almost impossible not to touch your face. Every now and then, all of us do things like scratching our eyes, tapping our chins, or even massaging our temples without even thinking. Here are a few tips on how to stay strong and stop touching your face all the time:
1. Be Self Aware:
Being self-conscious is usually a bad thing, but when it comes to fighting the coronavirus, it could actually save your life. Allow vanity to take over and activate your protective instincts. Pay close attention to all your movements, gestures, or reflexes. If you feel your hands gravitate towards your face for any reason, stop yourself immediately and divert that energy elsewhere.
2. Wear Something Unusual on Your Hands:
If it’s impossible for you to prevent involuntary motions, attach something to your hands which will draw visual attention the closer your palms get to your face. For example, you could wear a colorful pair of gloves, loud jewelry, or heavy bracelets/timepieces. Your peripheral vision might notice these accessories, and trigger a defensive response which makes it possible to pull your hands away before touching your face.
3. Get a Guardian Angel:
If you sharing a living space with others in isolation, use the buddy system and looked out for each other as far as face-touching is concerned. An extra pair of eyes always makes it easier to keep track of things. If you notice a friend reaching for their face before it’s too late, let them know. Likewise, ask your friends to warn you in kind whenever you’re oblivious to your own face-touching.
Caution about touching your face does not cure COVID-19, but it does help people practice better personal hygiene - and that’s the whole point behind this effort. As your hands come into contact with multiple contaminated surfaces, they become vectors which easily hide and spread disease-causing germs. No matter how much of a struggle it is not to touch your face, do whatever it takes to keep your hands clean, and your orifices as far away from germs as possible. The more vigilant you are, the more of a chance you have of safeguarding your own life, and the lives of others.