Not touching your face isn’t just hard...it’s practically impossible. Most people touch their face an average of 24 times per hour…and just thinking about it is making our nose itch. But it’s something we all need to be really vigilant about as we do everything we can to prevent the coronavirus from spreading.
What’s the big deal about touching your face? The CDC says that touching something that lots of other hands have been on, like a doorknob, and then putting your unwashed hands anywhere near your eyes, mouth or nose puts you at risk of getting the virus. “You have to be really mindful about it,” says neonatologist Snehal Doshi, M.D., CEO of Millennium Neonatology. Easier said than done, of course, but Dr. Doshi knows this firsthand—he spends many of his working hours in delivery rooms. Here’s his best advice for keeping your mitts off your face.