Can washing your face help prevent coronavirus? Experts say it’s a ‘good idea’

Can washing your face help prevent coronavirus? Experts say it’s a ‘good idea’

Keep your hands away from your face. (Photo: Getty)

Coronavirus is scary, and you’re probably doing everything you can right now to lower your risk of contracting the virus. That includes practicing social distancing, washing your hands regularly with soap and water, and doing your best to steer clear of people who appear to be sick.

But there’s one more thing that may help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, aka COVID-19, that you’re probably not doing: Washing your face when you come home from being out in public.

American Journal of Infection Control observed 26 medical students and their face-touching habits. The researchers discovered that students touched their faces an average of 23 times an hour. Of that, 44% involved touching the nose, mouth, and eyes, and 61% were a combination of all three areas.  An older study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene also analyzed subjects’ face-touching habits and found that study participants touched their faces an average of 16 times an hour.’ data-reactid=”58″>Face-touching is much more common than most people realize. Research on how often people touch their faces is limited, but one small study published in the American Journal of Infection Control observed 26 medical students and their face-touching habits. The researchers discovered that students touched their faces an average of 23 times an hour. Of that, 44% involved touching the nose, mouth, and eyes, and 61% were a combination of all three areas.  An older study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene also analyzed subjects’ face-touching habits and found that study participants touched their faces an average of 16 times an hour.

The exact number of times you touch your face in a day can vary, but it’s clear that this is a common habit.

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