As pandemics and infectious diseases become far more common in the world today, the average citizen needs to determine what they can do to help prevent the spread of these diseases. One simple method is refraining from touching your face, which we’ll explore in greater detail below.
There are many ways to spread a virus, but two are absolutely more common than the rest. These ways are through droplets that are spread by coughing and sneezing, and the other is through surfaces that are commonly touched by people. If you are safe and practice not getting too close to other people, the droplets from coughing and germs on surfaces are unlikely to go directly into your nose or mouth. This means that one more step has to be present for you to become infected with a given virus, and that step is most often the touching of one’s face with their hands. When you’re armed with this helpful information, the next step becomes limiting the touching of one’s own face.
The research on face touching varies, but it’s widely accepted that people touch their faces anywhere from 15 to 25 times per hour in the day. This may seem farfetched, but start tracking the number of times you touch your face and you’ll find that it’s true. When you also observe how many times you touch various common surfaces like door knobs and handles, you quickly see how touching your face can prove to be dangerous when it comes to infectious diseases. While it can be difficult to completely refrain from touching one’s face, there are certain measures that can be taken to mitigate the damage of face touching.
The first step is to bring greater awareness to the fact that you need to stop touching your face. As you become more conscious of this need, you’ll start refraining from the act. Over time and through continually escalating awareness, you’ll be able to greatly reduce the number of times you touch your face. The next step in the process is to consistently and thoroughly wash your hands, so you can reduce the risk of infection for yourself and others on the rare occasion you do touch your face.