Tara Parker-Pope c.2020 The New York Times Company
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3 Mar 2020
9:38 am

Why you should stop touching your face

Tara Parker-Pope c.2020 The New York Times Company

It's a quirk of human nature that we touch our eyes, noses and mouths all day long. It's also a major way we pick up infections like coronavirus.

A passenger rubs his face on a bus near Nashville, April 9, 2019. ItÕs a quirk of human nature that we touch our eyes, noses and mouths all day long. ItÕs also a major way we pick up infections like coronavirus. (Todd Heisler/The New York Times) FOR USE ONLY WITH WELL STORY BC-WELL-FACE-TOUCHING-VIRUS-ART-NYTSF BY TARA PARKER-POPE.

Want to improve your chance of staying healthy? Stop touching your face! One of the more difficult challenges in public health has been to teach people to wash their hands frequently and to stop touching the facial mucous membranes — the eyes, nose and mouth, all entry portals for the new coronavirus and many other germs. “Scratching the nose, rubbing your eyes, leaning on your chin and your fingers go next to your mouth — there’s multiple ways we do it,” said Dr. Nancy C. Elder, a professor of family medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland who has...